cornmeal vs grits?
Can I use regular cornmeal to make grits. What is the difference between the two?
No, cornmeal is dried ground corn. Grits is ground hominy and has a totally different flavor. Search for the best grits you can find, preferable stone ground speckled heart grits. The instant are a totla abomination, quick cooking is okay in pince. But if you cook up cormeal like grits, what you will have is cornmeal mush or a form of polenta.
Candy's right but oddly enough there are both corn grits and hominy grits. Hominy is field corn that has been soaked in a lye solution causing the outer coating to seperate from the rest of the kernel. It's then dried and ground into hominy grits. Some southerers swear by regular corn grits which is just dried corn ground more coasly than meal. I prefer hominy grits by far. I can't tell the differance between corn grits and pollenta but then again, my palate has been fried by cayanne.