Photo: Jennifer Causey; Prop Styling: Ginny Branch Stelling; Food Styling: Emily Nabors Hall
Active Time
15 Mins
Total Time
30 Mins
Yield
Serves 4

Buttermilk adds a subtle, creamy tang to the grits.

How to Make It

Step 1

Bring water, whole milk, and salt to a boil in a medium saucepan over medium-high. Gradually whisk in uncooked grits; return to a boil. Reduce heat to medium-low, and simmer, stirring occasionally, until creamy and thickened, 25 to 30 minutes. Remove from heat, and stir in buttermilk and butter.

Step 2

Cook pancetta in a large skillet over medium, stirring often, until browned and crisp. (You will have about 1/2 cup cooked pancetta.) Remove with a slotted spoon, reserving 2 Tbsp. drippings in skillet. Chop onions. Cook in reserved drippings over medium-high, stirring constantly until caramelized, 15 to 20 minutes. Stir in sage. Stir onions and pancetta into warm grits. Sprinkle servings with crumbled blue cheese.

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