Wednesday, April 11, 2012

Grit Cakes

Buck and I went out for dinner last Friday at a great seafood restaurant, and we both ordered shrimp and grits.  I'm not a huge fan of grits, but I am a huge fan of grit cakes, which is how the restaurant served them up (in a sauce with Andouille sausage, bell peppers, onions... it's to die for!).  I couldn't wait to try some out for myself.

This is based on a Paula Deen recipe that was surprisingly light.  She put Parmesan cheese in hers, but I substituted Cheddar cheese and a few jalapenos.  The grit cakes are baked (not deep fried!), so the outside gets crispy, but the inside is still warm and soft. 

If you have a certain shape you want them to be (mine were round; the restaurant's were triangular), then find the right cookie cutter.  I just used the rim of a glass, and it made 14 round cakes. 

You have to plan ahead for these: leave enough time for them to chill in the refrigerator for at least 2 hours.  They also bake in the oven for an hour.  I didn't cook shrimp with it; I just drizzled some queso dip across them and served them alongside baked chicken.  They were such a treat!  You should try them! 

Grit Cakes

4 cups (32 oz) chicken broth
1 cup quick cooking grits
1/2 cup (2 oz) shredded Cheddar cheese
10 pickled jalapeno slices, diced
1/2 tsp salt
Cooking spray with flour

Bring broth to a boil in a large saucepan.  Stir in grits, and return to a boil.  Cover, reduce heat, and simmer 5 minutes, or until grits are thickened, stirring occasionally. Stir in cheese, jalapenos, and salt. Remove from heat.

Spoon grits into a 9x13-inch baking pan that has been sprayed with cooking spray. Cover, and chill at least 2 hours, or until firm.

Un-mold grits onto a large cutting board. Cut out number of desired shapes using cookie cutter.  Spray a large jellyroll pan with cooking spray. Place grit rounds on pan. Bake for 15 minutes. Turn grits, and bake 45 minutes more.  Serve warm.


  1. What temperature do you set the oven?

  2. Same question - what temperature for the oven?

  3. What temperature for the oven damn you!

    1. According to the Paula Deen recipe - the oven temperature should be set at 350º preheated.