Cornmeal Grits and Berries for a Crowd

I have a favorite recipe of ours to share with you today, friends. This is one of my favorite frugal and simple breakfasts to make for my large tribe. I hope you like it, too!

3 1/2 cups medium grind whole grain cornmeal (grits)
4 Tablespoons ground flax seeds
2 Tablespoons granulated white sugar (optional, but recommended)
2 Tablespoons coconut oil
9 cups water

2 bags (12 ounces each) frozen berries of your choice (or fresh berries)

a large, deep, heavy pan (mine is 9 quarts) with a lid
a long handled wooden spoon

Bring the 9 cups of water to a boil in the large heavy pan. While the water is heating, combine the cornmeal, ground flax seeds, and granulated white sugar in a separate bowl.

:: combine the cornmeal, ground flax, and white sugar ::
Once the water is boiling, carefully and slowly pour the cornmeal mixture into the large heavy pan. Stir constantly with the long handled wooden spoon while pouring the mixture into the boiling water, and be sure to thoroughly combine the mixture with the water.

:: carefully add the cornmeal mixture to the boiling water ::
Reduce the heat to medium-low and cover the pan. Cook the mixture for 5 minutes, stirring often with the long handled spoon.

Be careful when stirring as cornmeal grits tend to bubble and splatter when they cook, especially as they thicken.

After cooking for 5 minutes, carefully remove the pan from the heat and stir the coconut oil into the grits. Let the grits cool a bit before serving.

:: cooked grits, ready to serve ::
Ladle the grits into bowls and spoon some berries on top. I don't completely thaw my frozen berries first because they help to cool the grits down a bit, but thawed (or fresh) berries are delicious, too.

Add milk or cream or butter or whatever you like and serve.

:: yum! ::
I hope you like this breakfast recipe as much as we do. Enjoy!

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