I can't recall if I've ever made grits, but I don't think it is quite so needy. Maybe it is.
A good thing about polenta is that 1 cup of cornmeal makes a lot, enough for several meals for the two of us. It re-heats very nicely in the microwave or you can make it into little patties as fry it up in some olive oil or (even better!) ghee.
Here's my recipe. It's probably the same as everyone else's:
- Boil 6 cups of water. I use an evasee pan, but a standard sauce pan would work almost as well. You can use 5 cups if you want a thicker product and you can always add more water while cooking if it gets too thick.
- Slowly stir in 1 cup of corn meal
- Simmer 45 minutes, stirring every couple of minutes to get the stuff off the bottom and sides
- When done, stir in some cheese (we usually use Romano. Parmesan is good, too - see Rule #6!)) or butter.