Leftover Creation: Grit Fries

I had leftover grits from a weeknight dinner; so when we had a friend stay the weekend I wanted to try and make up some grit fries to go with our breakfast one morning. 

If you like grits, fried things, and tasty food...you should like these too! 

You will need:

  • Leftover grits (about 2 cups worth)
  • Frying oil (veggie or peanut)
  • 1/2 cup flour (I used Better Batter-gluten free)
  • 3 tbs cornstarch 
  • 2 tsp salt
  • 1 tsp pepper

Take a small square cake pan, or casserole dish. Line with plastic wrap and spritz with non-stick spray. 

Spoon the leftover grits into the pan. Smooth, smush, spread them around until they are in an even layer. Spritz the top of the grits with non-stick spray and cover with more plastic wrap. 

Let set in the freezer for an hour or up to over night. If you freeze them overnight, you'll have to let them thaw for about 30 min before you can cut them. 

Grits all set in a perfect square.

Grits all set in a perfect square.

Fill a large, flat bottomed pan with peanut or veggie oil about 3/4 in. high. Turn heat to Medium High.

While the oil is heating up (you're looking for ripples on the surface). Mix together the flour, corn starch, salt & pepper in a dish. 

A flat bottomed dish works better than a bowl

A flat bottomed dish works better than a bowl

Cut the grits into fry shapes, and dredge them in the flour mixture and very gently shake off any excess. The fries are delicate, so they will break apart if you shake heavily. 

If you follow me on Instagram you may have seen my story about making these!

If you follow me on Instagram you may have seen my story about making these!

Carefully place the fries in the oil. They will most likely splatter, so I highly recommend an oil splatter screen. I found mine at Ikea! I only wish the handle wasn't on the top, it can get warm so I use tongs to place and remove it. 

No joke, get a splatter screen and your life will be forever changed.

No joke, get a splatter screen and your life will be forever changed.

Cook for about 2-3 minutes, touch them once or twice to make sure they flip over to cook both sides. 

Look for them to be golden brown when done.

Look for them to be golden brown when done.

Remove from the oil and place on a paper towel to drain and cool. Sprinkle a little finishing salt on them once they come out of the oil for extra tastiness! 

yummmmmmmm

yummmmmmmm

Once cool, start munching! They should be crispy on the outside and creamy grits on the inside. So yummy when dunked in an egg yolk ;) 

Have you ever made another incredible dish with leftover grits? Let me know! Don't forget to follow me on Instagram @veryvictoriakaye for more stories on what I'm making in the kitchen.