Panhandle Grits


What's more Southern than grits? My own version of a dish that is a house specialty at a restaurant in the Florida Panhandle. I've tweaked the original recipe, and I think this version is even better than the original! You can use either yellow or white grits, but the yellow ones make a more attractive presentation.

Prep Time:
30 mins
Cook Time:
15 mins
Total Time:
45 mins
6 servings


  • ½ pound smoked sausage, thinly sliced

  • 1 cup diced cooked ham

  • ½ pound sliced bacon, diced

  • 1 onion, finely chopped

  • ½ cup chopped green bell pepper

  • 3 cups chopped fresh tomato

  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder

  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder

  • 4 cups water

  • 1 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce

  • 1 teaspoon ground black pepper

  • 1 teaspoon salt

  • 1 tablespoon hot pepper sauce (e.g. Tabasco™)

  • 1 cup yellow stone-ground grits

  • 1 cup shredded Cheddar cheese


  1. Heat a large saucepan over medium-high heat. Add sausage, ham and bacon; cook and stir until browned. Remove the meat from the pan and set aside. Reserve 2 tablespoons of grease in the pan.

  2. Return the pan to medium heat and add the onion, bell pepper, tomatoes and garlic powder. Cook and stir until onion is tender. Pour in the water and season with Worcestershire sauce, pepper, salt and hot pepper sauce; bring to a boil.

  3. Gradually stir in the grits, cover and reduce the heat to low. Simmer, stirring frequently, until the mixture is thick, 5 to 10 minutes. Return the meat to the pot and stir in cheese. Heat through until cheese is melted.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

458 Calories
27g Fat
29g Carbs
25g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 6
Calories 458
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 27g 35%
Saturated Fat 12g 58%
Cholesterol 75mg 25%
Sodium 1691mg 74%
Total Carbohydrate 29g 10%
Dietary Fiber 3g 9%
Total Sugars 5g
Protein 25g
Vitamin C 24mg 121%
Calcium 205mg 16%
Iron 2mg 10%
Potassium 604mg 13%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

** Nutrient information is not available for all ingredients. Amount is based on available nutrient data.

(-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a medically restrictive diet, please consult your doctor or registered dietitian before preparing this recipe for personal consumption.