These savory, vegan-friendly stone ground Overnight Grits are cooked in a slow cooker while you sleep. Top them with green onions and diced tomatoes, or cheese and a runny egg.

Overnight Grits

These savory, vegan-friendly stone ground Overnight Grits are cooked in a slow cooker while you sleep. Top them with green onions and diced tomatoes, or cheese and a runny egg.

Overnight Grits

These savory, vegan-friendly stone-ground Overnight Grits are cooked in a slow cooker while you sleep.  Top them with green onions and diced tomatoes, or cheese and a runny egg.  Or all of the above!

Do you love grits?  Personally, I adore grits, and would be happy eating them at any time of day.  I have a special place in my heart, however, for grits that are ready for me to eat when I wake up in the morning.  (Who am I kidding?  I love any food that’s ready for me when I wake up!)  Sometimes this happens when the husband takes pity on my pitiful, sleepy self, and makes breakfast for me.  Other times, however, it happens when I throw (literally– THROW!) food into the slow cooker before bed.  (Okay, you’re on to me.  I’m not nearly coordinated enough to ‘throw’ food… I ‘pour’ it).

These savory, vegan-friendly stone ground Overnight Grits are cooked in a slow cooker while you sleep. Top them with green onions and diced tomatoes, or cheese and a runny egg.

Overnight Grits

Gathering Ingredients

Shrimp and Grits

Shrimp and Grits

You may be thinking, “Grits don’t need to cook overnight!  Grits come in tiny packets and cook in 5 minutes!”  Well, my friends, you need to try stone-ground grits.  These grits have more flavor and texture than instant grits, much in the same way steel cut oats taste different from instant oats.  Trust me on this one- the texture is less mushy, and the flavors are more pronounced.  Sadly, stone-ground grits do not cook in 5 minutes– on the stove top they take about 25 minutes– but it’s worth it!  If however, you don’t want to wake up early and slave over a hot stove before eating breakfast, the slow cooker is your friend!

These savory, vegan-friendly stone ground Overnight Grits are cooked in a slow cooker while you sleep. Top them with green onions and diced tomatoes, or cheese and a runny egg.

Overnight Grits

Making Overnight Grits

These vegan-friendly Overnight Grits are prepared at night– simply add the ingredients to the slow cooker at night, and dig in when you wake up.  Top them with whatever topping you prefer– diced green onion and diced tomato, or a runny egg and cheese (or– go crazy and add ALL the toppings!).  Another option: Use this slow cooker recipe to cook grits while you’re gone at work all day, and then top it off quickly with shrimp.  It’ll give you a quick and easy Shrimp and Grits!

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*Note: If you’re having trouble finding stone-ground grits, I like the kind at Trader Joe’s.  You can also buy stone-ground grits online

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These savory, vegan-friendly stone ground Overnight Grits are cooked in a slow cooker while you sleep. Top them with green onions and diced tomatoes, or cheese and a runny egg.
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Overnight Grits


Course Breakfast
Total Time 6 hours
Servings 6 people
Author Champagne Tastes

Ingredients

  • 1 cup stone-ground grits (I use Trader Joe's Stone Ground Grits. Don't use instant grits or polenta).
  • 2 cups milk or milk substitute
  • 2 cups water
  • 2 tsp salt (or more to taste)
  • 1 1/2 TB butter or coconut oil (or more to taste)
  • black pepper to taste

Optional Toppings:

  • diced green onions
  • diced tomatoes
  • runny eggs
  • sharp cheddar cheese, goat cheese, or your other favorite cheese
  • hot sauce

Instructions

  1. Spray or brush oil into slow cooker basin. Don't skip this step!!!

  2. Add ingredients and cook on low 6-8 hours. Check when you wake up- if it looks watery, stir and let it cook a few more minutes on high while you get ready for your day (depending on the type of milk or milk substitute used, the grits may cook at different rates).

  3. Add additional salt and pepper to taste.

  4. Serve hot with desired toppings.

23 thoughts on “Overnight Grits

  1. WillCookForFriends says:

    This is a fantastic idea! I am all for make-ahead breakfasts (as you know), and these sound amazing. I bet they could be dressed up to be either sweet or savory, too, which would be perfect in my house because my husband loves to wake up to something sweet, and I prefer something savory. I’m currently slow-cooker-less (the insert to mine cracked awhile back, and I have yet to find a good replacement), but when I get one I am definitely giving this a try!

    • champagne-tastes says:

      Awesome!!! Yes- and it smells so delicious when you wake up. I saw that Ninja is making a crockpot that also lets you sauté and bake .. If mine “breaks” (by accident of course), that’s what’s going to replace it haha

  2. Dawn - Girl Heart Food says:

    Food that’s ready when I get up is my kinda food! I can slowly make my way over to it, with coffee in hand, of course, and dig right in, lol. I LOVE grits and with a poached egg? Now, you’re talking my kinda brekky 🙂

  3. Tara says:

    Wonderful use of the slow cooker! Perfect for breakfast with the eggs, tomatoes, and cheese. I have actually never tried stone-ground grits. Definitely need to add them to the list.

  4. Fiona Saluk says:

    I’ve heard so much about overnight oats but never overnight grits! I definitely am more of a savory than a sweet breakfast person so I am all about this recipe! Thanks for sharing can’t wait to try 🙂

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