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Purple Sweet Potato Grits | Magnolia Days

Purple Sweet Potato Grits

Purple Sweet Potato Grits are savory southern-style grits with added color, creaminess, and flavor from purple sweet potatoes.
Course Side
Cuisine American Southern
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 40 minutes
Total Time 50 minutes
Servings 6 servings
Author Renee Dobbs


  • 4 cups water
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup white stone ground grits see note
  • 2 medium purple sweet potatoes 3 to 4 cups, peeled and grated
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/8 teaspoon ground ginger
  • Dash of ground nutmeg


  1. Bring water and salt to a boil in a large heavy saucepan. Slowly add grits, whisking constantly while adding. Stir in sweet potatoes.
  2. Cover and reduce heat to low. Simmer, stirring often, until grits are creamy and thick and potatoes have "melted" into the grits, about 40 to 50 minutes.
  3. Stir in cinnamon, ginger, and nutmeg.

Recipe Notes

Do not use yellow grits. The colors will blend and the end result will not be purple.