Thursday, June 6, 2013

Grits Ain't Groceries - Garbage Grits

The Best Grits recipe

Not long ago there was some talk betwixt some friends of mine about grits.   Seems like this guy in Ireland ( +Paul Bond ) didn't know what they were. I decided that it wasn't fair for someone to go through life having never had the pleasure of sitting down to a bowl of them, so I sent him some.

Double The Pleasure, Double The Fun

Two kinds in fact. Ground yellow corn grits, and traditional grits. He received them today and posted a picture of him holding these two packages of manna. He asked if anybody had a recipe.  There have been plenty of recipes offered, but I'm going to tell you how to make the best damn grits money can't buy. It's really easy. Anybody that has a pulse and can fog a mirror can do this. I call them "Garbage Grits" because they are similar to 'Dirty Rice' in concept.

The Requirements

I don't really think I can call it a recipe, because it's more about requirements. As long as you follow 'the requirements', you grits will come out great. You're going to need a crock pot, and any size will do.

  • Turn the crock pot on. 
  • Get any size container, fill it with water, and dump it into the crockpot. Do that three times.
  • Put the lid on the crock pot and go sit down for a while. Say... 20 minutes.  Just long enough for the water to get hot. (yes, you could just pour boiling water in the crock pot)
  • Now fill up that container with grits and put them in the water.
  • Put the lid on it and go do something else for about 45 minutes. 
  • Now open your fridge and find stuff you want to put in the grits. The one in this picture has sugar peas, chicken, onions, cheese and olives.  Whatever it is that you like... put it in the grits.
  • Let that cook for about 15 minutes.  Add butter, salt, and pepper to taste.
  • Enjoy your grits. 

Why Do It Like This?

Because I'm not usually hungry when I get up in the morning. Cup of coffee does me just fine. So using the method above I can fit it into my day.  A typical morning goes like this: 
  • Start the grits and coffee
  • Write my Circadian
  • Get a cup of coffee
  • Read email for 20 minutes
  • Put the grits in the crock pot
  • Go for my morning run, which is anywhere from 30 minutes to an hour. 
  • Put the other ingredients in the grits.
  • Take a shower.
  • Have some grits.
The benefit of the crock pot is that you can make enough to last all day. Just leave them on and add other 'stuff' as the day goes on. As long as you don't have the crock pot on HIGH, they won't get burned up. And since Paul likes music, here's a song about grits, performed by Wet Willie in Macon, Georgia in 1973.  I graduated from Northside High School in Warner Robins, only 20 miles down the road that year.  I was living in Tallahassee, FL  at the time of this concert, or I would have probably been there.

About Potato Chip Sandwich

According to some people, men can't tell time, can't follow directions and can't cook. That's simply not true. The owner and author of the site, me..  can cook. This site is simply a way for me to keep up with my recipes without putting it into my other 10 or so blogs. Everything is Google-ized, so it's connected to all my other stuff. I suggests you try the BBQ. This site gets it's name from road trips when I was in my 20's. By the time we would head home...all we could afford was a loaf of bread and some potato chips.

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