Thursday, September 29, 2016

Creamy Cheese Grits!


These "Creamy Cheese Grits" take grits and kick them up to a whole new level!  They are so good!  I love grits any way you prepare them.  I will let you know that growing up, we did not eat 'cheese grits' and to some southerners, adding all of this to grits is not really smiled upon.  My mother prepared grits in the classic southern style, with butter, salt and pepper only.  That is how grits are supposed to be eaten and if you are truly southern, you already know this.  However, through the years, grits have evolved and adding a little this and that to them, has made them more palatable for non-grit eaters to enjoy.    This recipe for 'cheese grits' is wonderful for those who think they don't eat grits.  It's also really good for recipes that use grits for a base, like "Shrimp and Grits"!   Here is what you will need for these wonderful cheesy grits!

4 cups water
1 tsp. salt
1 cup quick cooking grits (do not use instant)
pinch of garlic powder
pinch of black pepper to taste
dash of hot sauce (optional)
4 oz. cream cheese, cubed
1 Tbs. butter
1 cup shredded cheddar or Gouda cheese

Place water and salt in a heavy saucepan over medium high  heat and bring to a boil.  Here is a tip for cooking grits, always salt the water you cook them in, because you cannot salt grits after they are cooked.  They will just never taste salty.

 Stir in the grits, stirring until well mixed so lumps don't form.  Turn heat to low, cover and simmer for about 20 minutes or until they are thickened.  You need to stir them several times during this so they don't stick.

Stir in the garlic powder, black pepper, dash of hot sauce, cream cheese, butter and shredded cheese.   I usually use shredded cheddar, but when I have Gouda it gives this a decadent creaminess that is so good!  The Gouda is also perfect when making this for the base for Shrimp and Grits! The cheeses should be melted through before serving.

Pour into a serving bowl and top with a little crumbled bacon or some additional cheese!  



2 comments:

  1. How many will this serve?

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  2. I have never had grits in my life. These may not be too bad. 😉

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