Sunday, April 19, 2009

Grits Pie Recipe

I know, I know. It sounds 22 different kinds of wrong--even to a through-and-through Southerner like myself. The crazy thing is, it's REALLY GOOD!

My friend, Amanda made this last night as one of her desserts at our ladies group's Progressive Dinner. She modified it a little from Paula Deen's recipe, and it was really tasty. It reminded me of an egg custard pie. It was not at all gritty in texture, like I had expected.

Try it, you'll like it!

Grits Pie:

  • 3/4 cup water
  • 1/8 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 cup quick-cooking grits
  • 1/4 cup (1/2 stick) butter
  • 3/4 cups sugar
  • 2 tablespoons all-purpose flour
  • 3 large eggs, slightly beaten
  • 1/4 cup buttermilk
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 (9-inch) frozen pie shell, thawed
  • Whipped cream in a can and strawberries, optional


Preheat oven to 325 degrees F.

In a small saucepan, bring the water and salt to a boil. Add the grits and cook for 4 minutes, stirring constantly, so that you don't get lumps. Add the butter and cook for 1 additional minute. Set aside and cool slightly.

In a small bowl, stir together the sugar, flour, eggs, buttermilk, and vanilla. Slowly stir into the cooled grits. Pour into the pie shell and bake for 35 to 40 minutes, or until set. Serve warm or cold. Top with whipped cream and strawberries if desired.

I'd bet you could probably make this into a breakfast quiche if you added crumbled sausage or bacon, black pepper, and cheese and left out the vanilla flavoring, sugar, and optional toppings.

Let me know if you try it!


ella144 said...

This sounds too weird, and so must be good, right?

Mommyof2girlz said...

Stopping by from SITS to say hi. The grits pie piqued my interest. I will actually have to try it...I love grits :)