A popular dish in the southern United States, prepared as a side dish or a hot breakfast cereal. It consists of coarsely ground grain such as corn, rice, or oats and is often cooked with water or milk. At times, grits are also thought of as groats, which are hulled whole grains that can be steel cut, such as steel cut oats to produce coarse bits of grain. Generally, groats are considered to be very coarsely ground while grits can be found as coarse, medium and fine ground grains. Hominy grits, which are bits of corn, is a food that is commonly mentioned in reference to the term Grits.