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Cheese Grits are a staple at any southern table. Cheese grits can be served alongside crispy bacon for breakfast or fried catfish for dinner. This southern cheese grits recipe is quick, simple, and delicious.
What are southern grits made of?
What do grits taste like?
Grits may be made from corn but they do not taste like corn at all. They have a creamy, smooth yet slightly gritty texture. Grits take on the flavor of whatever you cook them with.
So if you add cheese to your grits then the grits will taste like whatever cheese you flavored them with.
If you are like my husband, and would rather have sweet instead of savory grits then add some sugar and butter to plain southern grits.
What is the best cheese for cheese grits?
True southern cheese grits are made with sharp cheddar cheese.
I was born and raised in Georgia. Just like our macaroni and cheese, around these parts we prefer our cheese on the sharper side.
When it comes to grits the only way I know how to eat them is with lots of cheese.
But, visit a restaurant here in the south, most of the time they will cut corners to save their budget. Often serving grits with a slice of American Cheese (yes, really) or a few sprinkles of mild cheddar.
Cheese lovers, ya’ll know that neither one of these cheeses will do when it comes to a divine bowl of southern cheese grits.
So I’m sharing with you my secret to making the best southern cheese grits right in your own kitchen. Not only is this recipe easy and delicious but it also takes 15 minutes to make from start to finish.
What do you eat with cheese grits?
Cheese grits can be eaten a variety of ways. Some like to eat cheese grits for breakfast alongside a traditional country breakfast of eggs, biscuits, and your choice of meat like ham, bacon, or sausage.
Others might prefer to eat cheese grits for dinner serving them alongside seafood dishes like fried catfish or topping them with sautéed shrimp.
There is just something about a big bowl of warm, ooey-gooey cheese grits. It definitely will warm your soul. Perfect for cold mornings or just for a little bit of southern comfort food when you need it most.
This recipe is a huge hit with my family. So much so that we always have grits stocked in the cupboard. You never know when that cheesy craving will strike.
How do you like to eat your grits? Sweet or Savory?
I would love for you to give this recipe a try. Let me know what you think of this recipe in the comment section below.
You can serve alongside your favorite breakfast dishes, compliment a seafood feast, or indulge in a bowl all on its own.
Southern Cheese Grits Recipe
- 2 tbsp unsalted butter
- 2 cups water
- 1 cup whole milk
- 1/4 tsp salt
- 3/4 cup quick cooking grits
- 6 oz sharp cheddar cheese
- 1/8 tsp black pepper
- In a saucepan, add butter, water, milk, and salt.
- Heat wet ingredients on high until it just begins to boil.
- Reduce heat to medium-low and gradually stir in quick cooking grits.
- Stir occasionally as grits cook for approximately 5 minutes.
- Once grits have thickened, reduce heat to low then add cheese and pepper.
- Continue stirring until cheese is completely melted.
- Divide into 4 servings. Top with extra cheese if desired. Serve warm.