Country Ham Grit Cakes With Sweet Mustard Sauce

by Alli

Country Ham Grit Cakes With Sweet Mustard Sauce is sponsored by Clifty Farm. All opinions are my own. 

Grit cakes are lightly pan-fried and topped with slices of delicious country ham and drizzled with a slightly sweet mustard sauce. 

Appetizers are my jam and Country Ham Grit Cakes With Sweet Mustard Sauce are a huge favorite. Top grit cakes (yes, it’s a thing) with slices of flavorful country ham and drizzle with a sweet mustard sauce. Yum! Appetizers just went up a notch.

We southerners love our grits and country ham for breakfast. Country Ham Grit Cakes takes our favorite breakfast to new heights. Move over, crostini. There’s a new appetizer in town.

What is Country Ham?

Country ham is ham preserved by curing and smoking. Country ham has a rich flavor and is dry-cured over a period of time, often for months. 

Curing hams and meats was once a necessity. I remember way back when my grandpa had a smokehouse. He smoked hams before refrigeration was a thing and he was still smoking hams when I was a little girl. I have so many fond memories of those days. 

The Best Country Ham

When it comes to country ham, Clifty Farm is the best! The secret to the great taste of Clifty Farm Country Meats is their curing process. I don’t know the secret but I do know that this country ham is delicious.


You can find Clifty Farm Country Meats at your favorite southeast grocery stores. You can also order online from their website

Country Ham Grit Cakes With Sweet Mustard Sauce

Grit cakes are easy to make.


After preparing stone-ground grits, pour them into a 13×9 baking dish. Let cool and place in the refrigerator overnight.


After the grits have firmed up in the refrigerator (several hours or overnight) cut into rounds with a biscuit cutter.


Pan-fry until golden. Drain on a paper towel-lined platter. (I use stone-ground white grits ground in a traditional stone mill right here in South Carolina.) 


For this recipe, you will need a package of Clifty Farm Country Ham Biscuit Slices. I love the convenience of these pre-sliced packages. And, the cooking instructions are right on the front of the package. It only takes about 2-1/2 minutes per side to cook the country ham slices in a skillet. 


I like to make the sweet mustard sauce (and the grits )a day in advance. To make the sauce, I whisk light brown sugar and apple cider vinegar together. Then I add dijon mustard and whisk it all together. The sweet mustard sauce is refrigerated until ready to serve.


How To Serve Country Ham Grit Cakes

Place a grit cake on a plate. Roll a slice of ham and add it to the grit cake. Top with a drizzle of sweet mustard sauce. Garnish with chives if desired. 


Yield: 9

Country Ham Grit Cakes With Sweet Mustard Sauce


Grit cakes are lightly pan-seared and topped with delicious country ham slices. A drizzle of sweet mustard sauce tops these tasty appetizers.

Prep Time 30 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Total Time 40 minutes


Grit Cakes

  • 2 cups chicken broth
  • 2 cups milk
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup stone-ground grits
  • 1 cup cheddar cheese

Country Ham

  • I package Clifty Farm Country Ham Biscuit Slices
  • 1/4 cup water
  • 1/4 cup cola

Sweet Mustard Sauce

  • 1/2 cup light brown sugar
  • 1 Tablespoon Apple Cider Vinegar
  • 1/4 cup Dijon mustard


  1. Make the mustard sauce and grits a day in advance. To make the mustard sauce, combine the light brown sugar with the apple cider vinegar. Whisk together and add the Dijon mustard. Whisk until combined. Store in the refrigerator.
  2. To cook the grits, bring chicken broth and milk to a boil. Stir in grits and salt. Return to boil. Cover and reduce heat to low. Cook, stirring occasionally, for 20-25 minutes. Stir in cheese. Pour into a greased 9x13 baking dish and let cool. Place in the refrigerator overnight.
  3. Cut rounds of grits with a biscuit cutter. Dredge with flour (shaking off access). Add 1/4 inch vegetable oil to a skillet and heat on medium-high heat. Fry the grit cakes until lightly browned on both sides, for about 5 minutes total.
  4. In another skillet, on medium-high heat, add 1/4 cup water and 1/4 cup cola. Cook ham slices for about 2-1/2 minutes per side.
  5. Top grit cakes with country ham slices and a drizzle of sweet mustard sauce. Garnish with chives if desired.

Nutrition Information



Serving Size


Amount Per Serving Calories 182Total Fat 8gSaturated Fat 4gTrans Fat 0gUnsaturated Fat 3gCholesterol 24mgSodium 683mgCarbohydrates 21gFiber 1gSugar 11gProtein 7g

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Whenever I create a new recipe, my husband is my official taste tester. After the first bite, he asked me what was the delicious bread on the bottom. He was shocked when I told him it was a grit cake, made from grits. He declares this appetizer a keeper and the country ham the best he’s had. Thanks, honey. 


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Caitlin October 28, 2019 - 7:48 am

A Southern girl’s dream!!!

robin rue October 28, 2019 - 9:05 am

Ooooh this sounds SO good. And I LOVE that mustard sauce. I can’t wait to try it.

Rena October 28, 2019 - 10:32 am

I think my husband would love this. I’m not a fan of grits, but he is.

Melanie October 28, 2019 - 11:07 am

I’ve lived in the south my entire life, and I have never had grit cakes. I am definitely familiar with country ham, though! This looks like a tasty recipe that I need to try.

Nancy L October 28, 2019 - 1:20 pm

This looks very tasty and it would be a very different way to serve country ham up north. I’ll have to put this one on my recipe list for the family to try!

Amber Myers October 28, 2019 - 2:07 pm

This looks like an amazing dish! I don’t think I’ve ever had grit cakes before, but I am excited to try them.

Brianne Tursi Manz October 28, 2019 - 5:26 pm

I know from some of my southern friends that ham and grits are very popular. I want to make this for the experience, as it looks delicious!

Farrah Less October 28, 2019 - 6:10 pm

This is perfect for this coming holiday season were family get together always involve good food. This recipe reminds me of Crackle Barrel home style cooking restaurant.

Pam October 28, 2019 - 6:25 pm

tHam and mustard go so well together! And who doesn’t love grit cakes? They are one of my favorite ways to enjoy grits.

Sarah Bailey October 28, 2019 - 6:47 pm

Do you know I have never had grit cakes! I totally need to try and give this a try, I like the idea of the mustard sauce with it too!

Melanie Walsh October 28, 2019 - 8:06 pm

This looks like one of those recipes that will be instantly wrapped in happy family memories. How could you eat those grit cakes and not cement the moment in time forever? Can’t wait to make them for my family.

Chef Dennis October 28, 2019 - 8:31 pm

Hmm yum! This Country Ham Grit Cakes look soooo delicious especially with Sweet Mustard Sauce. Wish I could have a bite right now.

Beth October 28, 2019 - 8:46 pm

Although I’m not southern, I love grits!! I need to make these as soon as possible, they look so good.

Karen Morse October 29, 2019 - 7:40 am

This recipe made my mouth water! I love that it’s packed with flavor thanks to the ham! Perfect for the upcoming holiday season as well. I wouldn’t mind preparing this for gatherings and parties! Ham has always been so festive.

Lynndee October 29, 2019 - 9:20 am

I have never tried grit cakes before, but I did have shrimp and grits which is a southern thing as per my husband. 🙂 Those look good and they would be perfect for Thanksgiving or Christmas. Yum!

Kathy October 29, 2019 - 12:51 pm

I honestly don’t think I have ever tried grits before. I just never wanted to give them a try. This recipe looks so good though. I may need to finally try them.

Whitney Kutch October 29, 2019 - 3:30 pm

Yum! I love good, classic Southern food and this is definitely it! Country ham is so full of salty goodness 🙂

Terri Steffes October 29, 2019 - 7:03 pm

I can think of so many things to do with those grits cake. I want to make them for our weekend breakfast with a sunnyside up egg.

Marysa October 29, 2019 - 7:30 pm

What a unique dish. I haven’t made anything like this, and I am in such a cooking rut. It would be fun to try this out.

Ruth I October 30, 2019 - 6:00 am

This looks incredibly delicious. Surely it’s great tasting and absolutely flavorful. This one is amazing.


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