As a kid, my older sister and I were fortunate enough to not have to go to daycare when my parents worked. Our parents had their own business and even when they did need to go into the office or to meet a client, one of them would stay home with us or we would stay with our Grandmother.
There are so many fond memories of being with her, but one thing I can say is that a woman cooked a serious breakfast! To this day, I have never had eggs as fluffy and light as hers. I’ve tried to mimic them, but to no avail. As a kid, we had grits a lot and my love for them is still the same today.
Y’all if it wasn’t for all those carbs, I promise I would eat grits every. day. And yes, I do mean every. day. I just need a couple of pats of butter, cheese, a dash of salt and I’m a happy girl. I don’t need anything else to go along with them. Just the grits please and thank you!
Today I’m going to share with you my recipe for Brown Sugar Bacon and Creamy Grits. Yes, this is a heart attack waiting to happen and I’m sorry about that, but once you try it, it’ll be so worth it!
This is a quick and easy breakfast that will make people think you’ve slaved all day in the kitchen when you really haven’t (shhh…it ’ll be our little secret).
Let’s start with the bacon!
Preheat your oven to 300 degrees.
I always use thick-sliced bacon. In case you’re wondering, I don’t know how this would taste if you used turkey bacon (which I eat most of the time). I’ll have to save that for another post! For this recipe, you’re going to have to cook the bacon in the oven. As I’m typing this, I bet it would work in a cast-iron skillet too with the lid on top, but don’t quote me on that one. That’s just me thinking off the top of my head!
Grab a cookie sheet and lay parchment paper on the bottom of it to catch those bacon drippings. I then place a rack on top of the parchment paper. Okay, you’re all set for the bacon! Lay as many slices as you need onto the rack.
Now listen closely, a little bit of brown sugar goes a long way! Please don’t slather your yummy bacon with brown sugar because well…it just won’t taste good. It’ll make the bacon hard. Now if very sweet, crispy bacon is your thing, then go for it!
Take a pinch of brown sugar and sprinkle it onto the bacon, just enough so you can slightly see it. Again, don’t drench it. I pat it a little onto the bacon. Now flip the bacon slices over and do the same thing on the other side. You don’t have to put the brown sugar on both sides.
Place the bacon in the oven for 20-30 minutes. Check it often. Some people like chewy bacon, others like crispy bacon. I’m in the middle…a chewy, crispy kind of gal.
After about 10 minutes, I flip the bacon over and let it finish cooking. Once the bacon has finished cooking to your desired doneness, pull that yumminess out of the oven!
Look at those crispy edges! Just the way I like them! Do you like crispy edges?
Time for the grits!
Cook the grits according to package directions. I usually only make about 1 1/2 servings because E is not a big fan of grits (I know…I don’t know how I married someone who doesn’t love grits as much as I do). He has so many other great qualities, I let it pass!
Once the grits are cooked, pour them into a bowl. Now I’m going to do something that may seem a bit unconventional when it comes to grits, but I’m going to add some cream cheese to them. Why? You ask? Because cream cheese makes them even creamier!
Oh! And did I mention the biscuits? We’re going to have a good ‘ole southern breakfast, we have to have biscuits!
The cream cheese gives them a smoothness and creaminess online anything I’ve ever tasted y’all! The cream cheese is like the brown sugar, a little bit goes a long way. You don’t want soupy grits. Well, maybe you do and if you’re a soupy grits kind of gal, that’s fabulous.
Just remember the more cream cheese, the creamier the grits.
I then add a dash or two of salt and cheese and they’re ready to go! Of course…don’t forget the butter!
There ya have it, Brown Sugar Bacon and Creamy Grits. Told ya it was simple, but it’s oh so yummy!
What’s your favorite breakfast food?