I absolutely am convinced now more than ever before that being a Prepper is vital. Especially for uncertain days and times such as these. At least with a stocked pantry of food, it can be one of the least of your worries.
Grits are known to be a famous southern type of food and so you will find some people in the north that have never tried it or haven’t eaten very much of it. But I tell you….when it is cooked in the right way… I am sure that northerners will sneak to the back of the kitchen to have seconds. (Smile)
I tell you extra creamy buttery grits with boneless smoked herring and then topped with delicious brown or white gravy is a super delicious combination that will set your taste buds on fire! LOL!
This is that type of meal that will definitely leave you feeling full and of course, will stick to your ribs as my grandmother used to say. I also like the fact that this type of meal can be served at any time of the day.
Back in the day…. my grandmother, my mother and my mother in law used to make this inexpensive recipe all the time for their hungry families when money was very tight and tummies needed to be filled, but back then they used to cook it plain with either butter, or canned tuna, salmon or mackerel and so I love smoked herring, always did and so decided to give it a try and I tell you that my husband absolutely loves it better than with tuna, salmon and mackerel. And let me tell you this….don’t have it with some scrambled eggs, buttery biscuits and a tall glass of orange juice on the side as I like to. You might just fall over on the couch afterward and take a very pleasant nap and have not a care in the world. (Smiles) I tell you there is nothing like having at least one good meal to help you cope with all the worries of this world.
When my children were youngsters and growing they absolutely loved this meal and I had the nerve to add some fluffy buttermilk pancakes with pancake syrup, tall glasses of milk and orange juice in addition to the scrambled eggs and buttery biscuits or toast when I made this meal for them. I remember them asking for it time and time again. And I used to refuse sometimes telling them they will get too fat if I fed it to them all the time. LOL!
So take your pick…. tuna, salmon, mackerel or smoked herring.
Even today I still love having this type of meal on days when my husband and I are feeling extra, extra hungry and man, oh man it hits the spot. Plus is that it is such a quick and easy type of meal to make once you get to know how to make grits perfectly well. I tell you it’s a science to making them very well and super delicious. Not too gritty but soft and creamy is the way to go.
I hope you try it and enjoy it. By all means, feel free to let me know how it goes.
Grits, Gravy & Boneless Smoked Herring Recipe
1 medium or large-sized pot of well-cooked extra thick and creamy yellow or white Jim Dandy grits (never instant/ follow directions on bag on how to cook the grits)
3 or 4/ 6 oz cans of boneless Polar Smoked Herring (cut up, chopped or smashed)
1-2 cups of boiling water (you may need to add a little more hot water, you be the judge)
1 stick of melted salty creamy butter
1-2 teaspoons of cracked black pepper
add salt to taste
1-2 cups of brown gravy (on the side)
Add the butter and stir, blending it in good to the extra thick cooked grits. Then add and stir in the herring. Add and stir in the hot boiling water a little at a time (be careful with the water because you do not want to make the grits too watery, you want them to still have a thick consistency) salt and pepper.
Allow it to cook on low flame and cook real slow for an additional 30 to 45 minutes. Then it’s ready to serve. Top it with gravy. This serves an entire family of 3 or 4. Or have leftovers for the next day. Just cut them in cubes and reheat.
Rich, creamy and flavorful DELICIOUSNESS!