What are grits?

The word grit comes from an Old English word “grytt” meaning a coarse ground grain. But you will never find a single grit on its own! Down south, grits are made from coarsely ground corn poured into boiling water to make a delicious porridge.

Where did grits come from?

cheese_gritspageGrits were eaten by Native Americans long before European settlers arrived in America. It is said that Sir Walter Raleigh ate grits with Native Americans the night he and his company landed at Roanoke, Virginia, way back in 1584. Grits are a part of everyday life in the South and are often eaten with cheese, butter or a special gravy made from ham and coffee called red eye gravy.



1/3 cup diced Canadian bacon or diced ham

1/2 cup quick grits

2 1/2 cups skim milk

1/3 cup shredded reduced-fat sharp Cheddar cheese

1/2 teaspoon paprika

1/4 cup chopped green onions

Salt and pepper to taste


  1. In a nonstick pot coated with nonstick cooking spray, cook Canadian bacon until it begins to brown
  2. Add grits and milk. Bring to boil, reduce heat, cover, and continue cooking until grits are done, about 5-7 minutes.
  3. Stir in cheese, paprika, and green onions. Season to taste.

Makes 4 servings.


Have the kids measure out individual ingredients to help learn measurements and numbers!

Get Up & Geaux Activity!

After your delicious grits, try try out this Griddle Sizzle Stretch!


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