A Southern breakfast and dinner staple served primarily with eggs, ham, and braised meats, grits are a great dish to have in your back pocket. Grits are coarsely ground white or yellow corn that is simmered in liquid to make a soft, porridgelike side. They go beautifully with this shrimp and tasso recipe, courtesy of Maxie’s Supper Club in Ithaca, New York.
What to buy: Most large grocery stores carry white or yellow corn grits. They are sometimes sold as grits/polenta. Hominy grits can be used in place of corn grits.