Monday, June 03, 2013

New South Flavors

One of my favorite restaurantsTupelo Honey, is coming to my hometown of Charlotte. I was over the moon excited when I heard about this until I remembered I live across the country. Realizing that it will probably be a few more years until I have Tupelo Honey again, I tracked down their Goat Cheese Grits recipe.

Grits in southern California are far and few between, so much so that I had to ask someone at the grocery store if they even stocked them. They did. One box. Not to mention, I asked the loudest associate who felt she needed to inform the entire store what I was looking for when she yelled, "GRIIIIIIITS, YOU WANT GRIIIIIIIITS? Haven't heard someone ask for those in a while! Where are you from?"
What you need:
(Serving Size - 4)
3 cups of water
1 cup of quick-cooking grits
1 tsp - salt
1 Tbsp - unsalted butter
2 Tbsp - heaving whipping cream
4 oz of Goat Cheese
Basil (for garnish)

In a pan bring 3 cups of water and salt to a boil over high heat. Stir in grits and butter and return to a boil. Reduce heat to low, add cream and simmer for about 5 minutes, stirring occasionally until grits are thick and creamy. Remove pan from the burner and whisk 4 oz of goat cheese into the grits until completely blended.

It's been a snowball effect since having their goat cheese grits and now I am craving their homemade biscuits, blackened catfish, and chocolate pecan pie. But while I won't be able to enjoy dining in at Tupelo Honey in the near future, they do have a Tupelo Honey Cafe Cookbook that I can't wait to get my hand on and indulge in their deliciousness even 3,000 miles away.


  1. Let's reunite in Charlotte one day soon and satisfy all our southern cravings. Please? Grits, sweet tea, boj biscuits, and north carolina BBQ.

  2. I had not heard TH was coming here? To Uptown?

    1. No, in South End!

  3. Oh...that is a sad thing that grits are hard to find there. When my sister moved to Ohio, we had to mail her grits (and green peanuts to make boiled peanuts!). I have never heard of Goat Cheese Grits, but this sounds fantastic! I might have to try it instead of my typical cheese grits!

  4. I never had trouble finding them in the commissary... Right near the oatmeal. Gotta keep my shrimp n grits cravings under control. But all those tasty dishes you mentioned makes me think I need that cook book too! Holler if you need more grits...I'd be happy to mail some! :-) Oh...and I also just discovered a FABULOUS Carolina BBQ recipe. Super easy. Crock pot. Right down to smelling funny while cooking but mouth-watering while you're eating!

  5. I was so excited when I heard this but at the same time one of my fave things about going to Asheville was TH. So I am going to boycott the Charlotte one and pretend it does not exist. There is a whole TH cook book too don't ya know!

  6. YUM! definitely adding this to my list of to-makes. i've been on a huuuge grits kick that's lasted about 6 months now! can't wait for THC to make its queen city debut!