Savory Sweet Potato Grits |Recipe| Fab Five Cooks!

Savory sweet potato grits

Yesterday was baby food making day. Baby E is turning 6 months on Saturday so we will be adding a few new fruits, veggies and chicken to his meals. For now I made him some green beans and sweet potatoes. I decided to use some of the sweet potatoes to make sweet potato grits for breakfast. Let me tell you… You better make these this weekend because OMG they were great. Simple, healthy and guess what else? Toddler approved. Keep in mind I did not add any sugar or cheese to these grits. They were simple good on their own. 

Gluten free sweet potato grits with scallions prepare with milk or without milk for a vegan dish.


So about grits. I can remember the very first day I tried grits. It was my 25 birthday and I was out to breakfast with a friend. He was shocked to discover I never tried grits. For 25 years, I just couldn’t bring myself to try the stuff but once I did, I never looked back. I make them with all sorts of ingredients including milk, buttermilk, cheese, spices. Stove top, oven baked and heck on a busy day, I may or may not try to make them in the microwave. Anyone ever done this? 

Gluten free sweet potato grits with scallions prepare with milk or without milk for a vegan dish


I used milk in my recipe but these grits can easily be prepared vegan style with the use of water or dairy free milk. Grits and sweet potatoes are also gluten free, so prep them the way you need so everyone in your household can enjoy. I sent the modified recipe to my best friend immediately because she loves grits and would enjoy this dish knowing it won’t trigger the effects of her celiac disease. 

Savory sweet potato grits with ham and green onions

Today’s sweet potato grits were made as a stand alone but then the Hubs asked for some ham on the side. Oh thank you sir! I ended up cutting up the ham, throwing in some green onions and a few hits of hot sauce. I served up one big bowl for us to share family style and prepared him some eggs and toast too. How do men consume so much food? I will never know and I am afraid of how much Baby E will consume as he grows. He is already serious about his food. LOL 

Savory Sweet Potato Grits
Serves 4
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  1. 2 cups Milk
  2. 2 cups Water
  3. 1 cup Grits
  4. 1 large cooked sweet potato
  5. 1 green onion
  6. Salt and pepper to taste
  7. Tabasco Sauce (optional)
  1. Prepare your sweet potato using your preferred method. I bake in order to maintain all nutrients.
  2. Once potato is done, remove skin and smash. Set aside.
  3. Prepare grits according to package instructions. For this recipe, their is 1 additional cup of liquid to accommodate for the sweet potatoes being added.
  4. Once grits are simmering on low heat, slowly add your mashed sweet potatoes and stir vigorously. Continue until the entire sweet potato has been added.
  5. Season with salt and pepper to taste and garnish with green onions.
  6. Add in your preferred meat or serve on the side with an egg.
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Enjoy these sweet potato grits on their own or add your favorite grits pairings. Shrimp and sweet potato grits may just make it to our holiday brunch table this year. Have you made sweet potato grits? What are your favorite holiday breakfast/brunch pairings?

The Fab Five Crew prepared sweet potatoes in 5 different ways for you to enjoy, check out the other recipes here. There is something for everyone. 

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Savory sweet potato grits with scallions add ham for a delicious fall breakfast or lunch dish.

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  • Reply
    November 6, 2015 at 8:35 AM

    I was already plotting to make this this weekend and then you went and added the bacon. #yougotme

    • Reply
      M J
      November 7, 2015 at 7:22 AM

      Girl, thank the Hubs. He was like “Can I have some ham with that?” and I was like “Oh Hell Yes!” LMBO

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    November 6, 2015 at 7:21 PM

    This looks really good, even though I don’t like sweet potatoes. I like the savory options you used.

    • Reply
      M J
      November 7, 2015 at 7:21 AM

      Thanks Stacie. If you are a fan of pumpkin or another squash, those will work great too otherwise enjoy your grits the good old fashion way.

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    K. Elizabeth (YUMMommy)
    November 8, 2015 at 2:25 PM

    Three of my favorite eats – bacon, grits and sweet potatoes! I must try this. I usually mix bacon with my grits, but I’ve never thought to toss in some sweet potato. Thanks for the recipe.

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      M J
      November 8, 2015 at 5:42 PM

      Girl I love bacon with grits. The sweet potatoes and ham made it something special.

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    November 8, 2015 at 7:32 PM

    I had no idea this was an option. I am a big fan of sweet potatoes. What did you use to shred the sweet potatoes like that?
    Sweet Potatoes + Grits = Perfect Combination

    Thanks for sharing!

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      M J
      November 8, 2015 at 8:19 PM

      Hi Starkey. Yes this is a great spin on grits. I simply mashed the cooked sweet potatoes with a fork. Thanks for asking that, let me add it to the recipe.

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    Mimi "MimiCuteLips" Green
    November 9, 2015 at 11:33 AM

    I’ve never had sweet potato grits but my gosh they look good. Bacon already makes everything better, now my drooling and my stomach is growling. Giving this one a try.

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      M J
      November 9, 2015 at 1:30 PM

      Bacon is a wonder food. LOL. Give this recipe a try. It was delicious and filling.

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    Vashti (
    November 9, 2015 at 12:24 PM

    So I tried Grits for the first time earlier this year in NOLA. I’m still not sold lol. This however, does look really good.

    • Reply
      M J
      November 9, 2015 at 1:30 PM

      LOL Vee. Trust me I understand. It took me a very long time to try them and then figuring out just how I like them. Just go ahead and eat your sweet potatoes for now. LOL

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    November 10, 2015 at 12:14 AM

    These look live heaven (and I don’t really even eat grits). That ham on top is a game changer. Great recipe!

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      M J
      November 12, 2015 at 2:17 PM

      Thanks Tyra. The ham add a little extra yum.

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    Christine @MomsNCharge
    November 10, 2015 at 1:42 AM

    OMG six months already??? Wow, time surely flies! And these grits look divine! I will definitely be trying ou this recipe.

    • Reply
      M J
      November 12, 2015 at 2:18 PM

      Yes girl 6 whole months. He is rocking and I am catching up. LOL

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