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Cheesy Grits

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Cheesy Grits
20 Min

This recipe for classic down-home cheese grits is chock-full of sharp Cheddar cheese. Cheesy Grits fit any meal of the day 'cause they go with everything and always satisfy!

What You'll Need

  • 3 1/2 cups water
  • 1 cup white or yellow grits
  • 1 cup shredded sharp Cheddar cheese
  • 4 tablespoons butter
  • 1/4 cup milk
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon black pepper
  • 1/8 teaspoon ground red pepper

What to Do

  1. In a large saucepan, bring water to a boil over high heat. Add grits and cook 5 to 7 minutes, stirring occasionally until mixture is thick.
  2. Remove from heat and add cheese and butter; stir until melted.
  3. Add remaining ingredients and stir until well combined. Serve immediately or place in a sprayed muffin tin and chill. Just before serving, heat in a preheated 350 degree F oven for 15 to 20 minutes.


 For some other ways to enjoy classic all-American grits, why not try our BBQ Beef and Grits or our Golden Grits Casserole.

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Grits are a staple in southern cuisine, and with good reason! I think that everyone should learn how to make them! I've seen TV chefs make them several times, but with all the constant stirring and the risk of burning them, I was always a little bit intimidated to try them myself. These are so rich and creamy. I love to serve them for breakfast with some skillet fried pork sausage patties, but for those watching the calories, a ham steak would be great too!

This recipe fails to state that they are using quick-cooking grits (aka 5-minute grits). Regular grits take 20 minutes. jkschmid 5867446 - just eliminate the cheese! The grits are not make any different with or without the cheese :) If you want really thin grits, like "Cracker Barrell" serves, you'll want to increase your liquid a bit; they thicken quickly!

I recently tried a different recipe for cheesy grits, i was a little skeptical about making them with milk but they were awesome! i added some sauteed turkey sausage, mushrooms and onion, talk about YUMMY!!!!!! i think with this recipe i will add andouille.

All I wanted is a recipe for grits the way "Cracker Barrel" makes them. NO cheese. Thank you

Would like the Back Woods Beans Recipe, also the Backwoods Bar B Q pork Ribs

Yummy! Try Cheese Grits with Fried Fish! SOOO GOOD!

So good with fried fish!

add some shrimp even a little bacon grits still with cheese or even red eye gravy i also cover mine and let stand it will cook and added ingredients i am from the carolinas last time home i hauled my meat back on the airplane'

Cheesy Grits are also good with crispy bacon in it, sooooo Good!!!

Milk with grits?!?!?!!! We're "talking" about grits here, not cream of wheat. All one has to do is just add cheese after the grits, stir until the cheese melted, serve on plate or in a bowl, add just a tad more butter & some salt & pepper. We're talking real good, downhome SOUTHERN grits.... Sheesh. lol - cllM

might as well make creme of wheat why ruin it make one or the other no milk no sugar do not mess up a good thing let the tradition continue for basic grits

Actually grits with a little milk is very good..just enriches the flavor a bit.. Try it you might LOVE it!

This is great, and if you have any left over it's even great to fry it the next morning. All you do is slice the cold left over grits into one inch slices. In a frying pan melt 2 tsp. of butter on medium add the slices and heat on each side about 2 min. Its even awesome topped with maple syrup!

FRY the cold grits, sliced??? What a concept!!! Definitely going to try this.

Fried cold oatmeal is good too. Thanks for grits suggestion!


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