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Cheese Grits

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When I was a kid growing up, Christmas just wouldn't have been Christmas without Cheese Grits on the table. It was as traditional in our home as candy canes are for most people. Everyone in my family had their own slight variation on the classic recipe, and some years it wouldn’t be surprising to find a bunch of family members each bringing their own version to the festivities. But generally, it was my Aunt who took home the prize for the best grits. Hers were super creamy and cheesy, and I’ve tried to recreate them here. While it might not be the most healthy of dishes, it's an extra special one to make at an extra special time of year!

Cheese Grits  (Serves 6)

  • Prep Time: 5 mins,
  • Cook Time: 1 mins,
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When I was a kid growing up, Christmas just wouldn't have been Christmas without Cheese Grits on the table. It was as traditional in our home as candy canes are for most people. Everyone in my family had their own slight variation on the classic recipe,...

Ingredients

  • 4 cups water
  • 1 cup quick grits
  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1/4 cup butter
  • 5.2 ounces garlic cheese (i use boursin cheese)
  • 1 cup cheddar cheese, grated
  • 1 egg, whisked
  • 1/2 cup milk

Preparation

  1. 1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  2. 2. Bring the water to a boil in a large saucepan and add the grits and salt.
  3. 3. Reduce the heat to a simmer, cover and cook grits for 5 minutes or until thickened.
  4. 4. Remove grits from the heat and stir in the butter, garlic cheese and 3/4 cup of cheddar until melted.
  5. 5. In a separate bowl mix the egg and milk, and add to the grits mixture until combined.
  6. 6. Pour into a buttered 11 x 7 inch casserole dish and top with remaining 1/4 cup cheddar cheese.
  7. 7. Bake for 1 hour or until golden and bubbly.
  8. 8. Serve.
Cheese Grits

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  1. Shannon

    November 19, 2012 at 4:16 pm

    These sound delicious! Have you ever made them the night before (through step 6) and baked them the next morning? Just wondering if that would work!

    • catherine

      November 19, 2012 at 6:31 pm

      I haven’t done that, but I think it would work!

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  3. g8ranita

    January 12, 2011 at 4:41 pm

    Being a good southern girl, nothing like cheese grits! :)

  4. Loni

    December 21, 2010 at 7:15 am

    Have you tried making Grits “pancakes” before? I’m not sure if they would hold up or not, but I figured you would be the one to ask.

    • catherine

      December 21, 2010 at 5:19 pm

      Never tried it, but we just tested breakfast polenta and its so good!

  5. Jenny

    December 20, 2010 at 11:20 pm

    I know these are yummy because I have enjoyed them with you since I was a child. Can’t wait to try the “light” version :)

  6. Mel

    December 16, 2010 at 8:44 am

    Can you substitute polenta for the grits?

    • catherine

      December 21, 2010 at 5:34 pm

      hmm i’m sure you can :)

  7. cassiopia89

    December 16, 2010 at 1:31 am

    Yeah! This was a recipe that I asked if you could make a bit healthier when you sent out the request for Christmas recipes that we wanted to see made a bit better! I can’t wait to try it!

  8. Ashley

    December 14, 2010 at 4:21 pm

    It is a freezing cold day here in Boston and this recipe just warmed my heart! Going out tonight but I know what I’ll be eating tomorrow! Oh yeah, the kids might get some too ;)

  9. Rae @ Rainbows and Dragonflies

    December 14, 2010 at 12:33 pm

    I just had grits with cheese this past weekend. LOL I’ve never thought about baking it though.

  10. Jenna

    December 14, 2010 at 12:20 pm

    I assume the answer is no, but can you freeze this?

    • Cassie

      December 20, 2010 at 10:41 pm

      I have frozen them before and they turned out well.

  11. Amanda B.

    December 14, 2010 at 10:01 am

    I am so excited for this recipe. I am from the south, North Carolina to be exact, and am currently living in Montana, therefore grits are unknown up here. I am so excited for the flashback to the south with this recipe. Did you bake it in the ramekins or did you just serve it in them? Or am I confused and that isn’t even a ramekin? Haha, I’ve been known to make stupid mistakes like that. Thank you for all that you do, my kids love you. As do I.

    • catherine

      December 14, 2010 at 5:24 pm

      I just put it in the ramekin for the picture, but I followed the directions I wrote out for them :)