snow schmoe – baked cheese grits it is!

Baked Cheese Grits

Baked Cheese Grits

While I am on hold with American Airline, thought I’d put this time to get out this requested cheese grits recipe. No way am I one to stand in between others and some grits action! On my probable next to last morning at home (depending on if the snow plays nice), my dad chose to repeat a popular dish from earlier in my trip – cheese grits. Now, I’ve made them before myself, but they were a slightly different version. I’ve made them with sharp white cheddar (claimed to be XXXtra hot) which were pretty good, but more of a late brunch spin on the dish. For early to late morning, I feel  just regular medium cheddar is the way to go.

This recipe was halved (as the full thing makes enough for an army – if you have an army coming, then double away!) and is from Southern Living’s Annual Recipes from 1980. The ingredient list is pretty simple:

  • 3 cups water
  • 1 1/4 teaspoons salt
  • 3/4 cups uncooked regular grits (no instant!!!)
  • 1/4 cup butter or margarine
  • 2 cups shredded medium-sharp cheddar cheese, divided
  • 1 1/2 eggs, beaten

Combine water and salt in a medium sized pan and bring to a boil. Slowly stir in the grits and cook until done, following the directions indicated on the box. Remove the pan from heat. Add the buttter and all but about 1/8 cup of the cheese and stir until completely melted. Add a small amount of hot grits to the eggs, stirring well. You’ll want to do this fairly quickly so the eggs don’t overcook. Stir the egg mixture into the remaining grits. Pour the grits into a lightly greased 1 3/4 quart casserole dish. Sprinkle the top of the dish with the remaining 1/8 cup cheese (this will make the top a bit crispier than the rest). Bake at 350 degrees for 1 hour. Yields about 3 to 4 servings. Enjoy! I know I just did 🙂

Full Holiday Brekkie: Cheese Grits, Homemade Buttermilk Biscuits and Apple Butter, with Crisp Bacon

Full Holiday Brekkie: Cheese Grits, Homemade Buttermilk Biscuits and Apple Butter, with Crisp Bacon

(PS: Buttermilk biscuit recipe to follow shortly. Ahhh-may-zing!)

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2 thoughts on “snow schmoe – baked cheese grits it is!

  1. That’s a pretty close association! There are a few places in NYC where you can find these, though not too many. It’s got a bit of, well, appropriately gritty consistency. Add cheese, and how can it be bad? 🙂

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