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Sweet Grits Pie: Ever heard of it?

photo-29I’ll have a post up tomorrow on the sweet new breakfast and lunch spot called Home Grown GA. But in the meantime I wanted to highlight this dessert called “Sweet Grits Pie.” The grits are suspended in a creamy, vanilla-scented custard. Whipped cream and fresh blueberries come on top.

The whole thing reminds me of a mash-up of chess pie and tapioca pudding, and I mean that as praise.

Has anyone tried one of these before? I Googled the recipe and (of course) came up with Paula Deen, Paula Deen, Paula Deen.

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hudson rouse

July 19th, 2010
8:47 am

paula stole it from the antioch baptist church cookbook!


July 19th, 2010
8:53 am

I might be a southern girl, but grits are not my cup of tea. Looks interesting though.

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mba mama

July 19th, 2010
9:43 am

I can remember back when we first moved to Atlanta back in 1975-76 my Aunt decided to make us a special desert. I was about 6 at the time and have always had a sweet tooth so I was very excited at the prospect of having this “special” deserrt. Well my mom asked what was in it in. My Aunt started off by saying i found the recipe on the back of the grits box…my mom immediately said no thanks. It was called Sweet Georgia Bread. It looked like a souffle…and it was disgusting. It is the family joke at every holiday gathering.


July 19th, 2010
9:54 am

Hey John–were you at the Planet Earth concert at Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre on Friday night? If it wasn’t you, then you have a twin running around metro ATL!


July 19th, 2010
10:42 am

I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again – I’m a grits purist. Just a bit o butter and salt. :)

But I’m always willing to try everything – how do you know if you don’t like it until you try it? As for the poster whose mother dismissed outright a dish because “found the recipe on the back of the grits box” well … let’s just say those are the people that I refuse to dine out with, or to have over for dinner.

I’m just saying.

And I’m planning a visit to taste this grits pie! Thanks for the post, John.

Jamie G.

July 19th, 2010
12:59 pm

Love, love, love Home Grown, but on the topic of grits pie: we had a great one from Highland Bakery a while back. They skipped the creamy top and just went for rich, sweet grits in a crust. Fine by me!


July 19th, 2010
2:44 pm

Only Paula Dean could make a pie out of GRITS. Love her.


July 19th, 2010
4:01 pm

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July 19th, 2010
4:28 pm

Wow. That looks like a hot mess. Grits in a pie. Just wrong.


July 19th, 2010
5:34 pm

I’m in!

It is a must try. I had seared grit cakes years ago at Elizabeth’s on 37th in Savannah before they were all the rage and loved them. When I was in Frankfurt, Germany earlier this year we ate at a African restaurant and had a couscous yogurt dessert with currants that was amazing. Who knew??


July 19th, 2010
7:01 pm

Paula Dean only exists so that I might practice feeling benevolent toward those whose appearance, behavior and in-your-face mercantilism would suggest that I react like the primitive forbearer that alcohol reveals me to be.

Mary I.

July 20th, 2010
8:00 am

A great savory or sweet dish with leftover grits- grits muffins. Wonderful hot with butter.


July 27th, 2010
4:09 pm

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