Mar 14, 2013

Down Home Grits Muffins

When I was a kid, I wouldn't eat grits. The name was just too weird for me; it conjured up visions of eating gritty dirt or sand. Back then, I didn't know that grits are just ground up hominy...which is just corn. "Grits" means coarsely-ground meal. 

You may not be familiar with grits. In the U.S., they are a Southern staple. Grits originated with Native Americans, and are similar to other thick, maize-based porridges from around the world such as polenta or farina. Most commonly thought of as a breakfast food, they are eaten as a hot cereal-type dish. 


I'm glad to say they also make delicious muffins. These muffins are slightly sweet; they're nice and moist, and have a flavor and texture similar to cornbread. Grits muffins are enjoyably chewy- not tough at all, but what you might call hearty. If you were talking about pasta, you'd use the term al dente. 

Serve these muffins at any meal. They'd be good at a brunch with eggs and sausage, or in the evening with beans, soup, goulash- just about anything.



Down Home Grits Muffins

Ingredients:

1 and 1/3 cups all-purpose flour
1/2 cup quick grits (uncooked)
1 and 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 and 1/2 cups sour cream (I used low fat)
6 tablespoons butter, melted and cooled slightly
1/4 cup (4 tablespoons) honey (if you prefer your grits more savory than sweet, use 2 tablespoons)
3 large eggs

Instructions:

1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Spray a 12 cup muffin pan with nonstick baking spray.
2. In a large bowl, combine flour, grits, baking powder, baking soda, and salt; whisk well to combine. 
3. In a medium bowl, combine sour cream, butter, honey, and eggs; whisk well to combine. 
4. Pour egg mixture into flour mixture. Stir until just moistened. You may have some small lumps in the batter, but don't over-mix or the muffins will be tough.
5. Divide batter evenly among the muffin cups, and bake until golden, about 15 minutes. 
6. Let muffins cool in pan for 5 minutes. Remove from pan, and let cool on wire rack. Serve with butter and honey, if desired.






Recipe adapted from Taste of Home

Grits Muffins may have been taken to some of these fun parties!


70 comments:

  1. They sound delicious and yes food is a big part of family history.

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    1. Hi, Betty! Thanks for visiting! I saw on your blog that you were having some bad weather....hope you can get out a little today! :)

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  2. Yum! I was in the South for the first time recently and a commercial came on the TV about Grits at McDonalds. I was like they sell Grits at McDonalds??? Good Post!
    Tiffany

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    1. Tiffany, I read on your blog that you had been down to Mississippi recently- that's a really pretty area. Thanks so much for stopping by and for leaving a comment! :)

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  3. I have had grits once in my life and they were NOT like this delicious looking muffin! Great recipe. Thank you for your comment on my blog today! Hope to see you this week on Foodie Friends Friday!

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    1. Lois, thank you, and thanks for coming by! I will definitely see you at Foodie Friends Friday! :)

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  4. I'm a Southerner but have never had grits in a muffin but I'm definitely making these - they look heavenly!

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    1. JoAnn, I never was all that crazy about grits, but I love 'em in muffins! If you try them, I hope you enjoy them as much as I did. I'm so glad you stopped by- thanks! :)

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  5. These sound really good and look even better! Love your photography :)

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    1. Tammy, thank you so much. I always enjoy your photography (that photo of you holding your grandmother's surprise lillies!), so coming from you, that means a lot! :)

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  6. Hi Joy~ I am stopping by today to tell you that I have nominated you for The Liebster Award. For more info on this award go to: http://www.turnips2tangerines.com/2013/03/liebster-award-nomination.html Lynn~

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    1. Lynn, how wonderful! I will come by and check it out! Thanks for coming by! :)

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  7. What a great use for grits! I can't wait to try this. Stopping by from Fireflies and Jellybeans :)

    RamblingReed.blogspot.com

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  8. Hi Joy,
    I have everything I need to make these awesome muffins, I can't wait. Have a great St. Patrick's Day and thank you so much for sharing with Full Plate Thursday!
    Come Back Soon,
    Miz Helen

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    1. Miz Helen, I hope you enjoy them as much as we did! :) Happy St. Patrick's Day to you and yours!

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  9. Now this looks like a version of grits I could eat!
    Thanks so much for linking up at my Real Family Fun link party!
    Have a great week...I hope to see you again next week.
    KC

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    1. KC, thanks for coming by....I love the Real Family Fun party!

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  10. Hi, stopping by from Let's Get Social Sunday to say hello and SO looking forward to following your blog! Have a great week! ~Cindy@littlemisscelebration.com

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    1. Thanks for stopping, Cindy! I am looking forward to visiting your blog!

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  11. Just bookmarked this - it sounds great! Thanks for linking up to Friday Food Frenzy!

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    1. Thanks, Danielle! And thanks for hosting Friday Foods Frenzy! :)

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    2. I wanted to let you know that I featured this in my "What I Bookmarked This Week" post on Saturday. Stop by and see!

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    3. Oh, my! I am so excited- thank you! I'll be right there! :)

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  12. My husband LOVES grits, so I am definitely going to have to try these out! Pinned them for later!

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    1. Leia, I hope he enjoys these as much as we do! :) Thank you so much for coming by!

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  13. I love grits and could eat it every day. Never have had it in muffins, but boy do I want to! Thank you for linking with See Ya in the Gumbo this week!

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    1. Michelle, I had never had grits in muffins, either, but they're so good! Thanks for hosting again this week! :)

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  14. This looks amazing! I wish I had some to eat right now :) Thanks so much for coming to (link) party with me... I hope you'll come again next week to Super Saturday Show & Tell! http://www.whatscookingwithruthie.com xoxo~ Ruthie

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    1. Thank you so much, Ruthie, and thanks for coming by! I'll see you next week!

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  15. These muffins sound delicious. I must confess I didn't realise grits were just cornmeal...I always hesitated to try them as I wasn't sure about them. I'm also not very good with porridge-like textures but I like cornmeal, so these muffins are the perfect solution and a great way for me to try grits :) Have a lovely week!

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    1. April, I was leery, too, but these muffins won me over! :) I'm so happy you came by...always wonderful to hear from you! I hope you have a wonderful week as well!

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  16. Thanks for the recipe! Take care, Linda

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    1. Thanks for coming by, Linda! :)

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    1. Hi, Jenn! Thank you- and thanks for stopping by! :)

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  18. Yummm! This is definitely something I would love to eat! :) Thanks for linking up at Sweet & Savoury Sundays!

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    1. Thanks, Lorraine, and thanks for hosting! I'm glad you stopped by! :)

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  19. OMG! I love grits, and these sound delicious!

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    1. Jeni, thank you so much- they are really good! :) I'm so glad you came by- thanks!!

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  20. I am intrigued! My husband loves grits. What an amazing idea to incorporate them into muffins? Why not! Love it. Thanks so much for sharing this ingenious recipe! Just pinned :)

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    1. Krista, thanks so very much! I had never had grits in muffins, but they have turned out to be a favorite!! Thanks for pinning!! :)

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  21. These look so simple, but wholesome! I have fond memories of corn bread as a child, even if it often came from the Jiffy box. Yours looks WAY better, though. Thanks for sharing! :)

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    1. Rachael, thank you so much! If you like cornbread, I think you would like these! I'm so glad you came by! :)

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  22. I've never thought to put grits in my muffins before! LOVE it!

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    1. Thank you, Marilyn! And thanks for coming by! :)

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  23. I would love these muffins! One would not be enough. Thanks for sharing on Thursdays Treasures.

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    1. Christie, you are absolutely right- I have found that it is impossible to eat just one of these. :) Thank you for coming by, and thanks for hosting a great party!

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  24. The only time I ever had grits was when they were mushing and in a bowl! I think I would love these muffins though! I love the drizzle of honey!

    Thank you for sharing at the In and Out of the Kitchen link party. I look forward to seeing what you bring next week!

    Cynthia at http://FeedingBig.com

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    1. Thank you, Cynthia- I kind of prefer grits in muffins now, too! Thanks for hosting In and Out of the Kitchen! :)

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  25. I'm a southern girl and have never had Grit Muffins, but can't wait to!!! I'm so glad you shared with us at Real Housemoms for Fabulous Fridays!!!

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    1. Aubrey, thank you for coming by- I really enjoy Real Housemoms Fabulous Fridays! :)

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  26. Thanks for linking this recipe to Saturday Dishes. I will be featuring you this Saturday when we link up Spring Dessert recipes.

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    1. Savannah, thank you so much- how exciting! :) I appreciate it!

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  27. I featured you today. You know those pics are so perfect it looks like magazine photos! And the recipe and all, it's truly a perfect post, absolutely beautiful!

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    1. Connie, thank you SO much! I needed this today! :) Thanks so much for the feature, and for the kind words!

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  28. Hi Joy! Thank you for sharing your recipe at the Weekend Kitchen Link Party! I'm happy to share that it's been featured! I look forward to seeing what you link up this weekend!

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    1. Brandie, thank you so very much! This just makes my day! :)

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  29. I don't know that I ever make the same corn muffing twice, so I am excited to try grits as another variation! BTW your muffins look so pretty!

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  30. Kari, thank you, and thank you for coming by! If you try them, I hope you enjoy them as much as we do! :)

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  31. Well, YUM! Living in the Pacific Northwest, there aren't very many of us who are familiar with grits---but we think we're being awfully Southern by making cornbread with our meatless chili! Ha! Thanks so much for linking up with our Make Bake Create Party! You really helped make our first week a great success!

    I am sharing my recipe for Fresh Strawberry Cream Torte at my Homemaking Party and would love to have you come join the fun.

    Blessings,
    Mrs. Sarah Coller

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    1. Thank you, and thanks for the invitation! :)

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  32. Being from Vermont, I have never tried grits before but these muffins certainly sound delicious!

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    1. Ellen, they are delicious. If you ever try them, I hope you enjoy them! :)

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  33. I've never heard of grits used in muffin form, but I do love a bowl of piping hot grits. Pinning :)

    Lori
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    Not Your Average Super Moms!

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    1. Thank you, Lori, and thanks for pinning! :)

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  34. These are delicious muffins! Thanks for the recipe. My fiance and I have lots of fun making them together. :)

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    1. Oh, I'm so very glad you liked them- I'm always so happy when people enjoy a recipe. Thanks for coming by and telling me about it! :)

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  35. Just made these and they are delicious! I left out the sugar and added dried onions and red pepper flakes. Very moist and quite savory. Thanks for sharing something near and dear to my southern heart!

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    1. Well, bless your sweet heart, as my grandmother would say! :) I am so happy you tried them and liked them. Tanya, I LOVE your idea of making a savory grits muffin- genius! Thank you for coming by and telling me how they turned out!

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