Am I wrong here?
So I am currently in a class that consists of a majority of non-southerners. During this class, our meals have been contracted out through a local (South Carolinian) group. And a discussion sparked around the pros and cons of grits for breakfast.
Anyways, one of my classmates, from Utah (go figure), expressed his utter hatred for grits. He claims it is a completely tasteless dish which has no redeeming qualities. So I asked this young gentleman what he added to his grits when he tried them. His response was just as I suspected, "sugar".
So I instructed him on the acceptable ingredients such as salt and butter and cheese. It was at that point that some of the other Yankees, who thought neither ill nor good of the substance, chimed in with their misguided opinions.
So it seemed I was in the minority in this discussion. On the one end, you had me, the only southerner, who eats grits the only proper way. And on the other hand, you had a bunch of ignoramuses who were convinced that grits were just the southern version of their cream of wheat.
So when I asked for the general consensus of our breakfast staple, the opinions ranged from "It's ok." to "OMMFG Are you insane!? This is the Devil's Splooge!!"
So I asked my audience of grits-haters if they had ever tried it the southern way. They all replied, "no." So I postulated that if they had never eaten grits with the proper ingredients, then they could not form an educated opinion on this foodstuff.
I was told that this hypothesis was poppycock.
So, trying a different approach, I asked if any of them ate popcorn. To which they all replied, "Yes." So I asked what they preferred as acceptable toppings to this treat. Unanimously it was butter and salt. So I once again informed these folks how grits are derived from corn, and I went into my soap-box speech on the merits of combining corn-based products with natural fats and salt as seen in popcorn, tortillas, and even polenta.
Still these people seem unconvinced.
So I ask, "Am I wrong here?" I claim that one cannot assess the value of a given dish until that dish has been prepared properly. In the case of grits, if it is eaten any other way than the southern way, then it falls short of its culinary potential. These folks seem to claim that grits are no different from any other grain porridge, and that it should taste equally good with sweet ingredients.