They say breakfast is the most important meal of the day. That makes sense, it starts your day. I, admittedly, am not a big breakfast person. It’s not about the foods, I love breakfast food. It’s more about the time of day because I’m a night owl. Give me a piece of toast and a runny yolk and I am in heaven… but don’t forget the bacon.
Gluten free breakfast at home is pretty straight forward. There are many gluten free cereals available (I love Nature’s Path Gorilla Munch because it reminds me of Corn Pops cereal). Eggs, bacon and potatoes are all gluten free, in their unadulterated state. If you are using liquid egg or any processed foods make sure to read the labels for gluten.
I was raised in the south, where grits are a breakfast staple. There are may opinions on the “proper” way to eat grits. Some think salt and pepper is the way to go. Others feel butter and sugar are a better option. I’m a foodie… I like both a savory and sweet preparation. If I am eating them plain, I prefer butter and sugar. If I am eating them savory, I like to load them up with cheese and yummy goodness.
For a hearty breakfast I like to make cheese grits with diced ham topped and a fried egg on top. You can prepare the egg any way you like, but I must say… a runny yolk really takes this dish to another level. When it mixes in with the grits and ham. (Chef’s kiss)
This is a very adaptable recipe. It’s more of a guideline. Feel free to change it up with what works best for your tastes. I like this recipe for breakfast because it goes together pretty quickly, it’s easy and it’s hearty enough to stick with you until lunch. If you have trouble finding grits in your area, you can order them online. They are not easily available in the area we live now, so I order them and have them shipped to my doorstep. Just keep in mind that not all grits are labeled gluten free, check the label.
Grits, Diced Ham and Eggs
2 C Grits (prepared per package instructions)
4 Eggs (large)
2 oz Ham (diced)
1/4 C Parmesan cheese (optional)
1 1/2 t Butter (optional)
To taste Salt and Pepper
Prepare grits according to package directions. Once prepared add butter and cheese, if opting to add them. Set aside. In a skillet cook diced ham until browned (I like to get mine pretty dark, but cook to desired doneness). Add to prepared grits and stir. In skillet fry eggs to desired doneness (I love a runny yolk, especially in this recipe, but feel free to cook the egg to your liking).
In each bowl, add the grits/ham mixture and top with eggs. Add a sprinkle of salt and pepper to each bowl and serve.