Grits - the other breakfast cereal

Desk Jockey

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I don’t always do hot breakfast but I tend to prefer savory over sweet when I do.

my go to recipe:

- three packs of Quaker instant plain grits
- olive oil pack or butter pads or flakes
- 2 oz diced cooked bacon or diced bacon jerky
- two big spoonfuls of parmigiana or romano cheese sliced or grated
- ground black pepper

probably 500 calories There. you can mix it up ahead of time and the butter and bacon will be fine for days. Add to a pot. Add hot water and stir and it is ready in a few minutes.
 

FLAK

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Been eating that stuff forever.
Best backpack food there is IMO.
Breakfast, lunch or dinner.
 

SonnyDay

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Love me some garlic cheese grits! And adding some kind of pig flesh can never hurt!
 

Wapiti16

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As a southerner, I can fully endorse a good bowl of grits. Grits is basically one of our major food groups. I've never taken them backpacking, but now I definitely plan to.

How are yall cooking them? Instant grits are delicious but they typically leave alot of hard to clean residue on dishes. Are ya'll hydrating them in a spare ziplock bag or something? I don't want to get my pot dirty.

I'm thinking a few packets of instant grits with some dried parmesan cheese packets and bacon bits might be the greatest backcountry breakfast ever.
 

SonnyDay

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Call me crazy, but I have some used Mountain House foil pouches that I washed after using that I bring for rehydrating stuff that isn't already in a pouch (like instant grits). Works great... and keeps the crud out of your pot.
 

SURVEYOR

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I grew up in south GA. We ate grits weekly if not daily growing up. It is a meal that will really stick with you. Now my kids love a good bowl of cheese grits and I can feed a family of 5 for literally $2.50 total. If we’d had more grits and steel factories the war of northern aggression would have ended very differently.
 

CoHiCntry

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I'm thinking a few packets of instant grits with some dried parmesan cheese packets and bacon bits might be the greatest backcountry breakfast ever.

I didn't think any self respecting southerner ate INSTANT grits??? At least that's what they said in "My Cousin Vinny" ;)

Since I'm not a southerner though, I'll be adding this to my backpacking breakfast ideas! Sounds like a welcome change from the usual oatmeal. Not sure why I didn't think of it before? Thanks for posting.
 

Wapiti16

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I didn't think any self respecting southerner ate INSTANT grits??? At least that's what they said in "My Cousin Vinny" ;)

Since I'm not a southerner though, I'll be adding this to my backpacking breakfast ideas! Sounds like a welcome change from the usual oatmeal. Not sure why I didn't think of it before? Thanks for posting.
Since real stone-ground grits need to cook for 35-45 min (which I will happily do occasionally for certain meals, Grits & Grillades, Shrimp & Grits, etc), I don't have any hate for instant grits for a quick 30 second breakfast haha. Just don't tell my granny I said that!
 

Fordguy

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On the other hand, for breakfast, some butter and a few of those restaurant strawberry jam packets mixed stirred into a hot bowl of grits is pretty darn good.
 

Team4LongGun

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My grits story....

21 yr old Corporal in the Corps, hanging in a bar and it’s late and I’m drunk. Part of an advanced party team, so the others were salty Staff NCO’s. Group of ladies (Cougars) come over and make small talk, one takes a liking to me. Says “why don’t you come home with me, and I’ll make you some grits, southern style”
My response, in an angry, dumb, drunk Marine manner-“I hate Fing grits! Why would I want grits?!? Who eats that.....”

Gunny pulls me aside and squares me away. Apparently it had nothing to do with grits...

Funny, 20 years later, still never ate em. Think I’ll try it with the bacon 👍🇺🇸
 
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