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cheese grits

a recipe by
Beth Pierce
Old Monroe, MO

Smooth and creamy Cheese Grits are an easy side dish made with grits, butter, and cheddar cheese seasoned with salt, fresh ground black pepper, garlic powder, and a pinch of cayenne pepper. Top the grits with bacon crumbles, sliced green onions, and a little more grated cheese.

serves 4
prep time 5 Min
cook time 10 Min
method Stove Top

Ingredients For cheese grits

  • 1 c
    quick-cooking grits or regular grits
  • 4 c
  • ½ tsp
    kosher salt
  • 3 Tbsp
  • 2 Tbsp
    heavy cream
  • 1 ½ c
    shredded sharp cheddar cheese
  • ¼ tsp
    garlic powder
  • 2 pinch
    ground cayenne pepper (optional)
  • kosher salt to taste
  • fresh ground black pepper to taste
  • bacon crumbles
  • green onions, thinly sliced

How To Make cheese grits

  • 1
    Bring the water and salt to a boil in a pot on the stovetop.
  • 2
    Slowly add the grits while whisking to avoid any lumps. Reduce the heat to medium-low. Cover and simmer for 5-7 minutes (for quick cooking grits) or 15-17 minutes (for regular girts) or until thickened, stirring frequently.
  • 3
    Remove the pan from the heat and stir in the butter, heavy cream, cheddar cheese, garlic powder, and cayenne pepper. If needed, add a few tablespoons of milk to thin the grits and reach your desired consistency. Season with kosher salt and fresh ground black pepper to taste.
  • 4
    Spoon the grits into bowls and garnish with crispy cooked bacon and green onions.