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Garlic-Cheese Grits

Garlic-Cheese Grits
Number of Servings: 6 Total Preparation Time: 15 to 30 minutes
Actual Cooking Time: 1 hour Source: EatingWell
Food Groups: Dairy, Grains
Main Ingredient: Rice, Pasta & Bread
Nutrition Content: Good Source of Calcium
Origin: American
Special Features: Make Ahead , Vegetarian

The sharper the cheese, the better these grits taste. Though this recipe calls for baking the grits in a casserole-style baking dish, you may also omit Step 5 and serve them right from the pot in steaming spoonfuls.


4 1/2 cups Water
1 cup Grits, quick or old-fashioned (not instant)
1/4 teaspoon Salt
2 teaspoons extra-virgin Olive oil
2 medium cloves Garlic, minced
1/2 cup shredded extra-sharp Cheddar cheese
1/2 cup grated sharp Italian cheese, such as Pecorino Romano or Parmesan
1/8-1/4 teaspoon Cayenne pepper or 1 teaspoon hot sauce, such as Tabasco, or to taste


1. Preheat oven to 350°F. Coat an 8-inch-square baking dish with cooking spray.
2. Bring water, grits and salt to a boil in a large saucepan, stirring occasionally. Reduce the heat and simmer until the grits are thick, 5 to 30 minutes, depending on the type of grits.
3. Meanwhile, combine oil and garlic in a small skillet and cook over medium heat, stirring often, until the garlic is fragrant but not browned, about 1 minute. Remove from the heat.
4. Stir the oil and garlic into the grits along with the cheeses and cayenne (or hot sauce); transfer to the prepared baking dish.
5. Bake, uncovered, until bubbling and crusty on top, about 45 minutes.

Nutrient Information
Calories: 184
Total Fat: 8 g
Saturated Fat: 4 g
Polyunsaturated Fat:
Monounsaturated Fat:
Sodium: 306 mg
Carbohydrates: 21 g
Protein: 8 g
Fiber: 1 g
Vitamin A:
Vitamin C:
Calcium: 143 mg

Cook's Notes:

Make Ahead Tip: Prepare through Step 4, cover and refrigerate until ready to bake.