Being versatile enough to take you from breakfast to lunch is a tall order for a food—but if any dish can do it, it’s got to be grits.
This unsung hero of the kitchen is warm, comforting and ever-pleasing to the palate, no matter the meal or time of day. Why not enjoy a bowl on your next trip to Peach Valley?
But first, a grits refresher. Read on as we explore the ins and outs of this delicious dish—as well as a few key ways to enjoy it!
Nowadays, we may think of grits as a quintessential, American Southern dish—but that definition doesn’t quite do the history of grits justice!
As it turns out, grits predate America (and even the 13 Colonies) altogether. All the way back in the 16th century, Native Americans were eating the earliest version of the dish using hominy, dried maize that’s been treated with an alkali solution to remove the cereal germ, making the resultant particles much softer… and perfect for the smooth, velvety texture of grits!
The hominy was boiled to arrive at the dish we know today. When some of the first European settlers arrived in America, they got a taste of it: One man with Sir Walter Raleigh’s Roanoke Party described the dish as “very white, faire, and well tasted” in 1584. As history would have it, he wasn’t the only one to enjoy the dish—a penchant for grits spread among European settlers, especially those residing in the South. Since then, Southern tastes haven’t changed too much when it comes to enjoying this comfort food!
A versatile treat
Lovers of grits will be delighted to know that there are many ways to dig into their favorite dish—at breakfast, lunch, dinner and all the mini-meals in-between.
The mild, buttery flavor of grits, for example, can be dressed up with some shredded cheese or served alongside your favorite hearty brunch dish (like Peach Valley’s Steak & Eggs!). For those who want to try an Italian take on the basic grits idea, there’s also polenta—a popular side at dinnertime that features a different type of corn with a bit more “bite” (though for grits lovers, there’s similarity enough to warrant a try!).
Of course, we have South Carolina fishermen to thank for one of the most popular entries on our “gritty” highlight reel, the beloved Shrimp & Grits!
Love from the Lowcountry
How did Shrimp & Grits come to be? All the way down in South Carolina’s swampy Lowcountry—well after the dish of grits had been established—fishermen craved a simple yet satisfying dish that let them make do with what they already had on hand. Adding locally-caught shrimp to the state’s favorite dish, the ever-versatile grits, naturally seemed like a no-brainer!
Today, you can enjoy a bowl of this much-loved Lowcountry staple at Peach Valley! Ours is served up with a spicy lemon butter sauce that adds an additional dimension of flavor, perfect for getting the most out of this exciting dish. Who said seafood doesn’t have a place at the brunch table?
We get it—reading about food can work up quite the appetite! Enjoy some warm grits at your next trip to Peach Valley to fuel you up and satisfy your craving.