Grits are more than just shrimp’s sidekick—these grits recipes prove our point.
Slowly simmered in milk or cream and finished with butter, a good pinch of salt, and a handful of grated Cheddar, grits are one of our favorite ways to round out a meal. In fact, they can stand in for flour or another grain just about anywhere. Cooked in coconut milk with a cinnamon stick and topped with dried fruit and chopped nuts, they make a luxurious dessert. Blend them with savory grated onion for lighter-than-air dumplings, perfect for soaking up your favorite chicken soup. They even add welcome texture to an easy herb-and-goat-cheese soufflé. For grits with big corn flavor, look for heirloom varieties from the likes of Anson Mills. But the ideas on this page work just as well with the quick-cooking kind.