These simple to make Southern Cheesy Cheddar Grits can be enjoyed at any meal. Serve them as a side dish or topped with shrimp, chicken, eggs, bacon and beyond.
Cheesy Cheddar Grits Recipe
How to Make the Best Cheesy Cheddar Grits
These easy cheesy cheddar grits always make a pleasing addition to the table. They're a blank canvas for a variety of seasonings and toppings.
- What's the difference between quick cooking and instant grits? Instant grits are finely ground and dehydrated to dramatically decrease the amount of cooking time they require. Quick cooking grits are also ground but not quite as finely as instant grits. They're the happy medium in texture between instant and coarse stone ground grits.
- Quick cooking grits used in this cheddar grits recipe, are flavorful and a terrific choice for busy mornings or weeknight dinners. Please note, they do need to be cooked longer than the package directions for this recipe for optimal creaminess.
- Are Southern grits and polenta the same thing? They're both made from grinding corn. Polenta is made by grinding the whole corn kernel as opposed to Southern grits which have the hull removed prior to grinding. Grits have a finer texture than polenta and both have their place.
- Don't forget to season the grits. It's important to salt the grits in the beginning of the cooking process or you'll practically never get them to the level of flavor that you want.
- How do you serve cheesy cheddar grits? Grits can be served simply with a pat of butter or topped with scrambled eggs, bacon and sausage. You can add shrimp for a homestyle shrimp and grits or punch up the flavor with fresh herbs and other seasonings. You can even chill grits and once solidified cut them into rounds or squares and fry on the stovetop in bacon drippings or butter.
Other Southern Grits Recipes to Add to the Menu
As I mentioned prior, when it comes to grits the sky's the limit. They're a stellar option that can be eaten at any meal throughout the day.
- Smoked Sausages and Cheese Grits makes a fabulous all in one entrée.
- Shrimp and Cheddar Grits began as a breakfast dish that spans the whole gamut for variations and serving options.
- Southern Grits and Greens Casserole which can also be served at any meal.
- Polenta Recipe with Creamy Mushrooms from Two Peas and Their Pod
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Helpful Kitchen Items:
Cheesy Cheddar Grits
- 5 cups whole milk
- 1 teaspoon salt
- 1 ¼ cup quick cooking grits [not instant]
- 2 tablespoon salted butter
- ½ cup heavy cream or half & half
- 2 cups shredded sharp cheddar cheese plus additional for garnishing
- In a heavy bottomed saucepan, gently bring the milk and salt to a boil. stirring constantly. Whisk the grits into the milk in a steady stream.
- Continue to whisk for 1-2 minutes until fully incorporated. Immediately lower the heat to low and cover.
- Allow the grits to gently bubble on low heat for 15 minutes stirring periodically to prevent sticking.
- Uncover and check the consistency at 15 minutes. Add more milk or water to thin, if needed. Cook for an additional 5-10 minutes. The grits should be thickened and creamy the consistency of porridge.
- Add 2 tablespoons of butter and ½ cup cream or half & half at the end of cooking. Stir until the butter has completely melted.
- Remove from the heat and mix-in the shredded cheddar cheese, stir until melted.
- Serve immediately with additional shredded cheese on top, if desired.