Southern cheese grits are a classic Southern American dish made with coarsely ground corn kernels that have been boiled and mixed with butter and cheese, creating a rich and creamy side dish.
To make southern cheese grits, coarsely ground white cornmeal, known as grits, are boiled with water or milk until they become soft and creamy. Butter and shredded cheese, such as cheddar or American cheese, are then added to the grits, creating a rich and flavorful dish.
Southern cheese grits are often served as a side dish alongside breakfast favorites like bacon, eggs, and biscuits. They can also be served as a savory side dish for lunch or dinner. Some variations of cheese grits may include additional ingredients such as garlic, herbs, or jalapeños, depending on personal preference.
Cheese grits are a staple in Southern American cuisine and have been enjoyed for generations. They are a warm and comforting dish that is perfect for cool weather and is loved for their creamy texture and delicious cheesy flavor.
PREPARATION TIME: 20 minutes
- 4 cups water
- 1 teaspoon salt
- 1 cup stone-ground grits
- 4 tablespoons unsalted butter
- 1 cup grated sharp cheddar cheese
- 1/2 cup heavy cream
- 1/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
Optional: additional cheese for topping
- In a medium saucepan, bring the water and salt to a boil over medium heat.
- Gradually whisk in the grits, and reduce heat to low.
- Cook, stirring frequently, until the grits are thick and creamy, about 15 minutes.
- Remove the pan from heat and stir in the butter, cheese, cream, and pepper until the cheese is melted and the mixture is smooth.
- Serve hot, topped with additional cheese if desired.
SERVING SUGGESTIONS OR ADDITIONAL TIPS:
- For a creamier texture, add more heavy cream.
- To make this dish vegetarian, use a non-dairy milk and a vegan cheese.
- To make this dish gluten-free, ensure that the grits are certified gluten-free.