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an image of a plate with Cornmeal Grits Meal topped with a tomato and onion mixture

Cornmeal Grits Meal

  • Author: EsmeSalon.com
  • Prep Time: 10 minutes
  • Cook Time: 20 minutes
  • Total Time: 30 minutes
  • Yield: 4 portions depending on size 1x
  • Category: Dinner Recipes

Description

We served it with a tomato and onion sauce, which of course is much more South African and not at all Southern, but it was delicious!


Ingredients

Units Scale
  • 2 cups milk
  • 2 cups water
  • Salt (according to taste)
  • 2 cup cornmeal (You can use coarse ground, I only had fine)
  • Pepper (according to taste)
  • Butter (according to taste)
  • Cheese (according to taste)

Instructions

  1. Heat milk, water, and salt.
  2. Slowly whisk in the cornmeal.
  3. I have learned from experience that it is MUCH easier to avoid lumps if you keep some of the water aside and mix the cornmeal into it, then add that to the warm mixture.
  4. Also, pull the saucepan off the heat when you add the cornmeal.
  5. Mix like mad to combine it without lumps, then put it back on low heat.
  6. The original said to use a whisk, but as I mentioned, I personally find the handle of a wooden spoon to work very well!!
  7. Cook for about 20 minutes or so, stirring often.
  8. Pull off the heat again, and add the pepper, butter, and cheese.
  9. Mix in and serve immediately.

Now, this last part is probably Southern sacrilege, but if you are like me and don’t always time your dishes exactly perfectly, you could bring it back if you made it a bit too early. See, it sets up if you leave it and you lose that smooth consistency.

But if you add some hot boiling water to it and mix like mad again, you can get that same luscious smoothness back!

We served it with a tomato and onion sauce, which of course is much more South African and not at all Southern, but it was delicious!



Nutrition

  • Serving Size: 1
  • Calories: 55
  • Sugar: 0
  • Sodium: 214
  • Fat: 5
  • Saturated Fat: 3
  • Unsaturated Fat: 2
  • Trans Fat: 0
  • Carbohydrates: 1
  • Fiber: 0
  • Protein: 2
  • Cholesterol: 15
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