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!

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Cheese Grits (Serves 6)

Prep Time: 5 mins Cook Time: 1 mins

nut free

gluten free

Ingredients

  • 4 Cups Water
  • 1 Cup Quick Grits
  • 1 Tsp Kosher Salt
  • 1/4 Cup butter
  • 5.2 Oz Garlic Cheese (I use Boursin Cheese)
  • 1 Cup Cheddar Cheese, grated
  • 1 egg, whisked
  • 1/2 Cup Milk*

Preparation

1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.

2. Bring the water to a boil in a large saucepan and add the grits and salt.

3. Reduce the heat to a simmer, cover and cook grits for 5 minutes or until thickened.

4. Remove grits from the heat and stir in the butter, garlic cheese and 3/4 cup of cheddar until melted.

5. In a separate bowl mix the egg and milk, and add to the grits mixture until combined.

6. Pour into a buttered 11 x 7 inch casserole dish and top with remaining 1/4 cup cheddar cheese.

7. Bake for 1 hour or until golden and bubbly.

8. Serve.

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Hi, I’m Catherine. Mama of three. A Kentucky girl living in California. Here’s what I know: all kids can be great eaters and mealtime must be easy. My passion is creating simple, healthy recipes that can be enjoyed by the whole family.

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16 comments

  • Amanda B.

    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.

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    • Catherine

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

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  • Jenna

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

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    • Cassie

      I have frozen them before and they turned out well.

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  • Rae Rainbows And Dragonflies

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

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  • Ashley

    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 ;)

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  • cassiopia89

    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!

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  • Mel

    Can you substitute polenta for the grits?

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    • Catherine

      hmm i'm sure you can :)

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  • Jenny

    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 :)

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  • Loni

    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.

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    • Catherine

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

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  • g8ranita

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

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  • Shannon

    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!

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    • Catherine

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

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