Last month, we asked North Carolinians who follow us on Facebook to share the best way to eat grits, and wow, did you folks have opinions.
We received more than 200 comments on this post, and understandably so! Grits, which are made from crushed or ground corn and have roots in Native American culture, are widely consumed by Southerners in a variety of ways. Me? I personally like mine with sausage, cheese, and an over-medium egg for the ultimate combination of flavor and texture.
And while there might be an intense sweet versus savory debate, we can all agree on one thing: Good grits require butter—lots of it.
Here we’ve rounded up some of the best ways to eat grits, per our readers. (Have a suggestion you want to share? Head over to Facebook and weigh in!) For the sake of this article, assume that every combination involves butter. Some people prefer just a pat, and others seem to like a 1:1 butter and grits ratio. Either way, it’s a good idea to have the butter handy.
The North Carolinians who answered our age-old question overwhelmingly preferred savory grits, so we’ll start with their favorite combinations.
While we’d never tell you how to fix your breakfast—or lunch or dinner!—the general opinion is that a good bowl of (savory) grits must include salt and pepper. Everything else on this list can be added, traded, or mixed around to your liking.
**One user recommended baking the cheese grits with garlic.
Eggs (of All Types)
- Over Easy
- Over Medium
- Sunny Side Up
Meaty Country Staples
- Andouille Sausage
- Country Sausage
- Country Ham
- Crispy Bacon (crumbled)
- Fried Chicken and Gravy
- Sauteed Onions and Mushrooms
- Diced Tomatoes
- Black-eyed Peas
To top it all off, some people add red-eye gravy or hot sauce and have a buttermilk biscuit on the side for the perfect bowl of savory grits.
Now we’ll move on to sweet grits, which, frankly, is a less common way to eat grits in the South, but still an option. Keep in mind that butter is equally essential in sweet grits as the savory ones. Here are a few ways to try sweetened grits if you’re taking the leap.
- Brown Sugar
- White Sugar
- Maple Syrup
- Grape Jelly
- Strawberry Preserves
There may be some debate as to which version of grits is the “correct” way to enjoy them, but in the words of commenter Donna Austin, the best way to eat grits is “Any way you can!”