"Grits for breakfast!"
Oh, how many Saturday mornings did I hear my Mom call this up the steps to our bedroom in the old farmhouse at the Buck? How quickly did I jump out of bed and stumble down the steps, my mouth already watering as soon as my feet hit the floor?
It's not the typical breakfast for a family in the "north"...isn't grits a southern food?
My parents spent the first two years of their married life in the south doing volunteer work. The first year they lived and worked in a retirement home in Lexington, SC, and the second year they spent in Immokolee, FL. Their two years in the south were where they learned to love grits...and they passed it on to all of us girls. From little on up, it was a favorite breakfast food...served with lots of butter, of course!
My family will eat grits...but not nearly as enthusiastically as I do. This recipe is a little different from the "regular" grits, and they enjoy it more. Jim requested it this week, as an alternative to his usual breakfast fare...
4 cups whole milk
1 cup quick grits
4 Tbsp. butter
1 cup grated cheddar cheese
salt and pepper to taste
On medium high heat, heat milk until bubbles appear, but not to boiling.
Stir in grits...
Reduce to low heat and cover. Cook for 5-7 minutes stirring occasionally.
Remove from heat and add butter and cheese, stirring until melted...
Add salt and pepper to taste.
Enjoy anytime...but on a cold winter morning especially.
Who says you have to be a southerner to enjoy grits?