Garlic and Cheddar Cheese Grits

Cheese grits with greens
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  • Total: 95 mins
  • Prep: 15 mins
  • Cook: 80 mins
  • Yield: Serves 8
Nutritional Guidelines (per serving)
418 Calories
33g Fat
14g Carbs
17g Protein
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Nutrition Facts
Servings: Serves 8
Amount per serving
Calories 418
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 33g 42%
Saturated Fat 19g 93%
Cholesterol 165mg 55%
Sodium 990mg 43%
Total Carbohydrate 14g 5%
Dietary Fiber 1g 3%
Protein 17g
Calcium 467mg 36%
*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a food serving contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.
(Nutrition information is calculated using an ingredient database and should be considered an estimate.)

Preparing this hearty dish with cheddar cheese and garlic is a very popular way to prepare grits in the South. Fresh garlic, a touch of cayenne, and plenty of sharp Cheddar give these grits great flavor.


  • 6 cups water
  • 2 teaspoons salt
  • 1 1/2 cups grits
  • 1/2 cup butter
  • 3 eggs, well beaten
  • 16 ounces shredded sharp Cheddar cheese
  • 2 to 3 cloves garlic, finely minced
  • Cayenne pepper to taste

Steps to Make It

  1. Gather the ingredients.
  2. Bring water and salt to a rolling boil; gradually stir in grits with ​a fork.
  3. Cook, stirring constantly until all water is absorbed. Stir in butter a tablespoon at a time; stir in the beaten eggs, working quickly so eggs will not cook before thoroughly blended into the grits, then stir in the shredded cheese, garlic and a little cayenne pepper.
  4. Put into a greased 2 1/2-quart casserole. Bake at 350° for 1 hour and 15 to 20 minutes.

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