Time to gather 'round the grits! Everyone will love this fun, help-yourself southern feast.

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creamy stone ground grits
Credit: Johnny Fogg

We take comfort food seriously, as you can see from this soul-warming spread. Simply cook up a pot of cheesy grits, then let friends pile on braised brisket, scrambled eggs, thyme-scented vegetables, and fresh chiles. Set it all up buffet-style for a wintry brunch-or dinner. The best part? Knock out a few steps in advance, and assembling this meal will be easy like, well, Sunday morning.

The Fixings

gather round the grits bowl
Credit: Johnny Fogg

Make-Ahead Plan

BRAISE THE MEAT

Follow brisket recipe through step 2. Let cool to room temperature, then refrigerate, covered, up to 3 days. On the day of, remove solidified fat from surface and warm in a 275-degree oven for about 30 minutes.

ROAST THE VEGETABLES

The tomatoes and mushrooms can be made 1 day ahead. Reheat in a 275-degree oven for about 15 minutes.

PREP THE GRITS

Soak them in water overnight at room temperature, and drain before cooking. They'll cook in about half the time.

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