Grits and polenta are both dried corn. When cooked, both are also referred to as cornmeal mush. They’re each cooked until they’re thick and creamy and are like a blank canvas for toppings and stir-ins like cheese, sauteed veggies, meats, poultry and seafood. Grits vs Polenta Here’s how they’re different. Grits are made by grinding → Hungry for more?