Holiday Entertaining: Southern-Style Grits Bar

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Southern-Style Grits Bar

One of the most simple ways to feed a house full of hungry overnight guests is to offer a grits bar & after all, the hostess needs her beauty sleep. A slow cooker comes in handy for a variety of foods by providing hands-off meal preparation leaving time to attend to other tasks. Many are surprised to learn that grits can be made in the slow cooker overnight providing a breakfast menu that is easier to manage first thing in the morning. Follow my pointers on how to execute early meals with guests & savor the convenience of this valuable cooking technique.

The Menu

Southern-Style Grits Bar 

Overnight company deserves a breakfast of quality but need not be complicated. Offer a southern staple & let guests custom create their own delightful morsel. 

Creamy Stone Ground Grits
Bacon * Sausage * Sautéed Shrimp
Gruyere * Havarti * Parmesan
Scallions * Chives * Toasted Pecans * Butter
Kosher Salt * Freshly Ground Pepper * Crushed Red Pepper Flakes * Hot Sauce
Orange Juice * Coffee

The Planning & Logistics 

Cook the grits as directed in your slow cooker the night before.

Fry bacon & sausage. Chop fresh additions & shred cheeses.
Portion topping ideas in pretty serving bowls, cover & refrigerate overnight.

Organize small bowls & ramekins on a tray with napkins & utensils.
Warm bacon & sausage in the microwave a few minutes in the morning.
Sauté the shrimp in a skillet & place in a pretty serving bowl.

Set out the remaining toppings & accompany with heirloom demitasse spoons for serving.
Place orange juice & milk in carafes. Have coffee prepared with mugs close by.
Let guests help themselves to breakfast when they are ready.

Cooking Techniques. Preparing Stone Ground Grits In A Slow Cooker. Morning Entertaining Solutions By Rebecca Gordon Editor-In Chief Buttermilk Lipstick Culinary & entertaining Brand Digital Culinary Photo Journalist Cooking & Baking Tutorials Practical Culinary Techniques For Everyday Cooks Pastry Chef Writer Food Stylist Photographer Editorial Director TV cooking Personality Southern Hostess Game Day entertaining Modern Southern Socials

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makes 8 to 10 servings

If the grits thicken too much, stir in a little water, milk or cream to thin them. Adjust the seasonings to suit your taste.

3 cups stone ground grits
12 cups water
5 tsp kosher salt
1/4 cup butter
Freshly ground pepper

Coat a 6 quart slow cooker crock with cooking spray. Add the grits, the water & the salt. Gently stir together the ingredients with a whisk to combine. Cover & cook on LOW 11 hours. Ideally, overnight is perfect. Stir in the butter & the pepper to taste. Hold the grits on the warm setting, stirring occasionally. Spoon into bowls.

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How To 
Sauté Shrimp

Fresh shrimp is a delicious addition to grits, particularly when paired with a little bacon, cheese & hot sauce. Pick up the fresh catch the night before you plan to serve them & have your fish monger peel & devein the shrimp for you to save a little time. Cook the shrimp just before you are ready to have guests prepare a bowl of grits.

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The Technique

Melt a few tablespoons of butter in large skillet over Medium-High heat. Add 1-pound of peeled & deveined shrimp. Sprinkle the shrimp with a smattering of kosher salt & a few quick grinds of pepper. Tousle the shrimp around in the butter until they turn pink & are just cooked through, about 4 minutes. Serve immediately.

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