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Stone Ground Grits: Recipes and Venues for a Gourmet Brunch in Atlanta

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stone ground grits for gourmet brunch atlanta

Welcome to the place where lies all the keys to turn stone ground grits into the most gourmet brunch you can get in Atlanta, at home or anywhere in the world. 

Stone-ground grits are made from coarsely ground corn kernels. Grits are a staple food in Southern cuisine, where they are commonly served as a breakfast dish or as a side dish with savory meals.

Unlike instant grits, which are processed for quick cooking, stone ground grits are ground slowly between two large stones, resulting in a coarser texture and more intense flavor. 

This artisanal grinding process preserves the natural flavors and nutrients of the corn, making stone-ground grits a healthy and delicious option for any meal.

Grits has become so popular that it has crossed the borders of breakfast and, with certain twists such as the famous shrimp and grits, it is now the main attraction of the most gourmet brunches in Atlanta. 

So let’s take it one step at a time. Let’s start with the foundation for any gourmet brunch, in Atlanta or wherever: the traditional recipe this delicious grits. 

Ingredients 
  • 1 cup stone ground grits
  • 4 cups water or broth
  • Salt to taste
  • Optional (but highly recommended): butter, cheese, or cream
Instructions
  1. In a medium saucepan, bring the water or broth to a boil.
  2. Slowly add the stone ground grits, stirring constantly to prevent clumping.
  3. Reduce the heat to low and simmer, stirring occasionally, for 30-40 minutes or until the grits are creamy and tender.
  4. Season with salt to taste and add butter, cheese or cream to achieve the ideal creaminess.

So yes, luckily it’s an easy, simple and quick recipe. Many of the best things in life are simpler than we first thought. 

And now, let’s see how a recipe that is as simple as it is delicious can become one of the most sought-after dishes when you go for your gourmet brunch in Atlanta (and beyond). 

Happy spoiler: the plot doesn’t thicken, it just gets more tempting.

So, for a gourmet shrimp and grits you’ll need:

  • Ingredients
  • 1 lb fresh shrimp, peeled and deveined
  • 2 cups stone ground grits
  • 4 cups water or broth
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 cup chicken or vegetable broth
  • 1 tablespoon lemon juice
  • Fresh parsley for garnish
  • Instructions
  • Prepare the stone ground grits according to the recipe above.
  • In a large skillet, melt the butter over medium heat. Add the minced garlic and sauté until fragrant.
  • Add the shrimp to the skillet and season with salt and pepper. Cook for 2-3 minutes on each side until pink and cooked through.
  • Pour in the chicken or vegetable broth and lemon juice, stirring to deglaze the pan and create a sauce.
  • Serve the shrimp over a generous portion of stone ground grits, garnished with fresh parsley.

Where is the best gourmet brunch in Atlanta? Where are the best shrimp and grits, the ones made with the best stone ground grits, and what should we expect on an authentic gourmet brunch menu? Don’t despair, here is everything you need. 

For starters, we’ve established that shrimp and grits are a must. 

But if you can keep an eye on the ingredients they use on the plate, you may suddenly be pleasantly surprised with some shrimp and grits with cajun sausage cream sauce. Subtle but vital addition for a creamy gourmet twist.

And of course, as delicious as it is, no brunch is made with just one dish, right? So look for brunch menus that also offer the sweet and sour chicken biscuit, made with fried chicken, cheddar and mixed berry jam, or the classic and timeless avocado toast or french toast. 

For the more discerning, a fine crab benedict will make your already gourmet brunch one of the highest leagues. Well, luckily, brunches offer us many delights at once. With brunch, we can have it all. 

You can now start preparing the ingredients for your next weekend to start with the best of the best: gourmet brunch starring stone ground grits. 

Brunch, the place where the energizing breakfast and the succulent lunch come together, where time stands still and it’s only time to enjoy with your loved ones the best that gourmet cuisine in Atlanta (or in our kitchen) has to offer.

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