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Celeriac Rice Grits

15 minutes prep
40 minutes active cooking
55 minutes total

Makes 6 - 8 servings
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Rice grits, sometimes called broken rice or middlins, consist of the grains broken during milling.

A poor peoples’ food for millennia in Asia, it’s more recent history here in America is interwoven with slavery. Enslaved rice growers from Africa created the lucrative Carolina rice trade, enslaved people pounded the grains to polish them, and enslaved people ate the broken rice deemed unfit for sale.

Rice grits cook up to a creamy consistency similar to grits, and like many of the cast-off foods poor people were forced to subsist on and make delicious, eventually became desirable. Today’s rice grits come from whole grains broken on purpose.

What you'll need


For the shopping list

1 1/2

Carolina gold rice grits


2-3lb celeriac, peeled and grated

From the kitchen

As needed

hot water

From our shop

$8 - Artes - Spain

* substitute Aneto chicken broth

$9 - Gossen Island - Norway

Kosher Sea Salt

$10 - Reggio-Emilia - Italy

Parmigiano Reggiano

$32 - Sicily - Italy

Antheo D.O.P.


From the kitchen




Chef's Knife


Cutting Board


Sauce Pans

Measuring Cups

Measuring Spoons

"The clean taste of Carolina Gold rice grits offer a canvas for gravies and sauces of any kind.

I wanted to add flavor with celeriac, one of my favorite vegetables, and, inspired by a technique from a Seattle restaurant, cooked the grits and root vegetable together in a savory broth."

~ Jim Dixon, founder Wellspent and Real Good Food

What you'll have to do

Step 1

Combine 1 1/2 cups of rice grits, the celeriac, 1 teaspoon of salt, and 4 cups of broth in a saucepan. Have another saucepan or kettle of hot water ready.

Step 2

Bring the grits gently to a boil, stirring frequently and scraping the bottom of the pan with a wooden spoon. As the grits thicken, add more hot water 1/4 cup at time, stirring and scraping with each addition. Continue to stir frequently.

Step 3

Continue cooking, adding water as needed, until the rice is soft, 25-30 minutes. Remove from the heat and stir in the cheese and 4 tablespoons of olive oil. Taste and add salt if needed.

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Sauces & Condiments

Vegetable Broth

AnetoArtes - Spain
Kosher Sea Salt
Salt, Herbs, & Spices

Kosher Sea Salt

North Sea Salt WorksGossen Island - Norway
Antheo D.O.P.
Olive Oil

Antheo D.O.P.

COPA Società Cooperativa AgricolaSicily - Italy

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