Leftover Grits Golden Bread

Grits. I love grits. Plain and simple grits…with just a touch of butter. Iย  practically spent every morning of my childhood having grits for breakfast. I certainly don’t have it that often nowadays, but when I do it is still a comforting way to begin my day. To me, grits are especially nice in a big mug on a cold winter day. The only thing I dislike about grits is the epoxy it forms on my pot if I don’t immediately rinse it! (Which is also a sure-fire way to drive hubby crazy, only rendered by mentioning I’m making this bread!) But even the gluey mess is not enough to take my love away. So, I will say it one more time. I love grits and I love leftover grits. For leftover grits lends itself to so many makeovers. Remember Grits and Grillades Meatloaf? Leftover grits are a blank canvas to absorb so many different flavors. Think about how many toppings go perfectly over a fried grit cake.

Now…imagine all the goodness of buttery grits and all the yumminess of golden cornbread…together! What could be more Southern? Hubby says it reminds him of Hot Water Cornbread. The hardest part of making this bread is waiting for it to bake. Everyone knows I’m not a baker, especially not a bread baker. But this bread treat is so easy–no kneading and no rising. Those two no’s equal a yes in my mind and it is only 5 ingredients! Not to mention the leftovers from the leftover. This bread makes a hearty French Toast-my favorite way to enjoy it!

Leftover Grits Golden Bread French Toast


Leftover Grits Golden Bread French Toast

Leftover Grits Golden Bread
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Yield: 1 loaf

Leftover Grits Golden Bread


  • 1/2 cup leftover cold grits
  • 1 egg, beaten
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1 cup cornmeal
  • 2-2 1/2 cups boiling water
  • 1 TBSP butter


  1. Preheat oven to 350
  2. In a large bowl, mix together grits, egg, salt, and cornmeal. Carefully and slowly stir in boiling water, a little at a time. Continue to add water until a very thin batter is formed.
  3. Heat butter in a loaf pan until melted.
  4. Pour batter into hot pan.
  5. Bake 50-60 minutes or until top is golden brown and cake tester or toothpick inserted comes out clean.


Refrigerate leftovers. Warm in microwave or cut into slices and toast.



Put Your TO COOK IS TO CREATE Thinking Cap On: I like to keep this bread simple and save all the additions for the top, but think about how simple changes could make this bread a sweet or savory treat. Think about how many things you could add to the batter: Crumbled cook bacon or using bacon fat in place of the butter, raisins or dried cranberries, fresh herbs. Think about how adding different seasonings and spices could change the flavor of the bread. Like Cajun, Italian, Indian, or cinnamon, ginger, allspice, nutmeg. Think about how you enjoy cornbread and try this bread. Think about what you like in your grits and try it.

Food Fun: What was your favorite breakfast growing up? Who made it best? Do you still eat it? If so, when was the last time you enjoyed it? Have you shared it with your family? It is said that the best memories are made when gathered around a table. I totally agree. Each time we share this bread, hubby and I end up telling stories from our childhood. Here’s to making many memories this year.


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5 thoughts on “Leftover Grits Golden Bread

  • April 23, 2020 at 2:18 pm

    Does anyone know if you can use a cornbread mix instead of cornmeal for this recipe? If so how much?

    • April 23, 2020 at 2:46 pm

      Most cornbread mixes have a leavening agent in it along with salt. I would use same amount as cornmeal 1 cup and simply minus the salt. The bread texture will be about the same. Hope you enjoy it!

  • January 14, 2018 at 3:15 pm

    Left over golden grits is unbelievably delicious. Simple recipe that makes exceptionally scrumptious food. I can eat this anytime of the day. Yum! โค๏ธ๐Ÿ‘…

  • January 13, 2018 at 10:14 pm

    Thank you so much for this tasty recipe! Made it tonight for tomorrow’s breakfast, but already ate half! Smelled so good fresh out of the oven. Enjoyed with butter!

    • January 13, 2018 at 10:15 pm

      So glad you enjoyed it! Hot with butter is hard to pass up!


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