Cheesy Grits Goodness for Any Meal
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Here's a basic recipe for cheese grits. Feel free to add additional ingredients, if you're in the mood, like diced ham, crumbled bacon, diced jalapeno peppers. This is plain old fashioned comfort food.
Recipe type: Side Dish
Cuisine: American
Serves: 12
  • 2 Tablespoons bacon drippings or other cooking oil
  • 1 large yellow onion, chopped
  • 2 cups stone ground grits, not instant
  • 4 cups low sodium chicken broth
  • 2 cups water
  • 2 cups half-and-half
  • 1-1/2 cup sharp cheddar cheese
  • Dash of cayenne pepper or Tobasco
  • salt and pepper to taste
  1. In a heavy pot over medium-high heat, add drippings or oil. Add onions and cook until the onions are golden brown.
  2. Add grits, chicken broth, and water. Stir together and bring to a boil. Reduce heat to simmer, cover pot, and cook 30 to 40 minutes, stirring occasionally and making sure the liquid level is okay. If grits begin to get dry, add a little more warm broth.
  3. After 30-40 minutes of cooking time, pour in half-and-half. Cover pot and continue to simmer on very low heat for another 30 minutes, or until grits are done. Taste and add salt, pepper and cayenne or Tobasco to taste.
  4. Remove from heat and stir in grated cheese. Keep warm and serve.
This recipe is a slightly modified version of one from The Pioneer Woman.
Recipe by At Mimi's Table at