1/2-1 tsp of salt fresh ground pepper
Place water in a small pot and bring water to a boil. Sprinkle grits into boiling water and stir immediately until combined and no lumps. Sprinkle salt & pepper to taste. You will cook them for about 20 minutes. THEN and only then add your butter at the end. Then you can serve as one of the above pictures with sausage that has been skillet sauteed with caramelize onions with drippings.