Garlic-cheese grits are a typically rich Southern dish, but the truth is you don't need a half a cup of butter and a pound of cheese to make them taste good. By using a pungent blend of super-sharp cheeses we've found you can use much less cheese and still get flavor-packed results. Source: EatingWell Magazine, October/November 2006

Sarah Fritschner


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Instructions Checklist
  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Coat an 8-inch-square baking pan with cooking spray.

  • 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.

  • 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 heat.

  • Stir the oil and garlic into the grits along with the cheeses and cayenne (or hot sauce); transfer to the prepared pan.

  • Bake, uncovered, until bubbling and crusty on top, about 45 minutes.


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

Nutrition Facts

174 calories; total fat 6.8g 10% DV; saturated fat 2.9g; cholesterol 16mg 5% DV; sodium 286mg 11% DV; potassium 42mg 1% DV; carbohydrates 22.3g 7% DV; fiber 2g 8% DV; sugarg; protein 5.6g 11% DV; exchange other carbs 2; vitamin a iu 381IU; vitamin cmg; folatemcg; calcium 131mg; ironmg; magnesium 4mg; thiaminmg.

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Rating: 4 stars
Zatarans Breading for the chicken. Harry Cleves OH Read More
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Tried the grits this morning for brunch - very good flavor. I would love to try the chicken in the picture does anyone know the recipe? I would make without the okra (one of the few veggies I won't eat). Alecia Menifee CA Read More
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We like the rolls of garlic cheese in our cheese grits. I use two of them and add granulated garlic as well. Mary Nashville TN Read More