If you've only been eating grits for breakfast, you've been making a mistake. Grits are incredibly versatile and make a great base for sauces, meat, and even a poached egg. They are easy to reheat and you can sear them with some butter as well for a great take on leftovers. Check out these 9 recipes for grits and you'll have a simple and tasty side that works for any time of day.
1. Fast Hammy Grits
This ham-filled grits recipe is not to be missed. Topped with ham, cheddar cheese, scallions, and some hot sauce, this dish is packed full of protein. Get our Fast Hammy Grits recipe.
2. Sunday Cheese Grits
It’s hard to possibly overcook on this recipe and you should be prepared for extensive demand. The Sunday Cheese Grits are smooth and delicious; after baking for 45 minutes they’ll be better than you ever imagined. Get the recipe here.
3. Jack Cheese and Grits Souffle
This soufflé is so easy you’ll be kicking yourself for not trying it sooner. With 8 ounces of shredded jack cheese, and a ton of chopped scallions, the flavors really shine and are a delightful way to use up the leftover cheese in your fridge. Get our Jack Cheese and Grits Souffle recipe.
4. Baked Cheddar Grits with Bacon
These classic grits are lightened with egg whites which gives them texture akin to a soufflé. With sharp cheddar, garlic, bacon, and thyme, the flavors separate themselves from the pack and make for a tasty breakfast treat. Get the recipe here.
5. Shrimp and Grits
The spicy Tasso ham, combined with curry powder, cumin, and cayenne, make for an original and spicy take on grits that you haven’t tried before. Get our Shrimp and Grits recipe.
6. Sweet Potato Grits
7. Poached Eggs on Creamy Grits
These grits are an easy sell if you have a few hours; the Creole sauce isn’t that unusual but is definitely worth a try. Get our Poached Eggs on Creamy Grits recipe.
8. New Orleans Grillades and Grits
Creole seasoning shines in this recipe for beef served over grits. Change up the cheese for a different flavor profile and make up a double batch because this serves beautifully as a set of leftovers. Get the recipe here.
9. Plain Grits
This is a classic recipe for grits that can be resisted with a warm egg, or even some other easy fixes that require very little supervision in the kitchen. Get our Grits recipe.
Caitlin M. O'Shaughnessy is a New York City–based food writer and editor at Penguin who has worked on and recipe-tested several cookbooks. She is currently in search of NYC's best ramen, and is one of the few people who admit to disliking brunch.