The Creamiest Cheese Grits
The Creamiest Cheese Grits Recipe Ever – The best classic southern grits are loaded with cheese and butter for the most incredibly creamy and super cheesy grits recipe! Enjoy for breakfast or as silky, savory dinner side dish.
The Creamiest Cheese Grits Recipe
“Kiss my grits!“
If you’re a Southerner, you’ve surely heard or uttered this phrase at least once in your life. If you haven’t, well, then bless your heart!
Typically used as a sassy expression akin to “kiss my you-know-what,” the saying can also be playfully used by savvy chefs who know how to make the creamiest, cheesiest, absolutely best smack-your-mama-good grits.
Loaded with cheese, served in a large bowl, and topped with more cheese, the Creamiest Cheese Grits just beg to be dug into with a big spoon. Don’t be surprised if family and guests want to kiss the cook after you serve this grits recipe!
What Are Grits?
Corn grits are made from finely ground and boiled cornmeal. They naturally have a gritty texture and light, sweet corn flavor. When cooked with milk and butter, grits become wonderfully soft and creamy to create a porridge-like consistency.
They are one of my most beloved comfort foods for breakfast, as well as a favorite side to serve at dinner. There are few dishes that can claim to be so versatile as grits!
And the silkier and cheesier, the better!
What Ingredients You Need
The best Southern-style grits are made with simple, wholesome ingredients and lots of robust spices.
Here is everything you need to make the Creamiest Cheese Grits ever:
- Milk – Whole milk is best for creating the creamiest grits.
- Water – Or stock for making savory dinner grits.
- Corn grits – You want old fashioned grits with cornmeal, not those instant grits. White corn grits are traditional in the south.
- Seasonings – Salt, garlic powder, cayenne pepper, smoked paprika.
- Butter – Adds wonderful flavor and creaminess.
- Cheddar cheese – Or your preferred cheese.
For this recipe we used half shredded cheddar cheese and half pepper jack cheese. I find this creates the perfect creamy texture and adds a bit of delicious heat to the grits.
However, feel free to use whatever cheese you like. The cheesiest, creamiest grits can be made with all cheddar, grated parmesan, and even soft crumbled goat cheese, depending on how you’re planning to serve them. Just select a cheese that melts well.
How to Make the Best Cheesy Grits Ever
Grits are a terrific quick breakfast or side to whip-up in less than 30 minutes. You want to keep an eye on them and stir often to ensure they don’t stick to the pot; but otherwise, there’s not much more to making cheese grits from scratch.
- Simply mix the milk, water, salt, garlic powder, cayenne pepper, and paprika in a large 6 quart sauce pot. Set over medium-high heat and bring to a boil.
- Whisk the grits into the boiling water, and lower the heat to medium-low. Cover and simmer according to the package instructions, stirring occasionally.
- Once the grits seem soft and thick, stir in the butter and shredded cheese. Taste, and then season as needed.
Pro Tip: If the grits are thicker than desired, stir in another ¼ – ¾ cup water.
Pour the grits into individual bowls or a large serving bowl to share. They will continue to thicken as they cool. Sprinkle a generous amount of extra cheese on top and serve.
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This recipe is a great make-ahead, and cooked grits will keep well stored in an airtight container in the fridge for up to 5 days.
Just rewarm the homemade grits on the stovetop with a splash of water or milk when you are ready to enjoy again!
What Dishes Go Well with Creamy Cheese Grits?
Scratch-made grits are perfect to enjoy as-is for breakfast in a bowl. They are also delicious alongside bacon or sausage, fried eggs, and biscuits and gravy – if you’re family is feeling super hungry!
For dinner, try serving these creamy cheddar grits as a side dish with Grilled Pork Chops and applesauce. This meal has excellent sweet, smoky, and savory flavors.
And, of course, we all know and love Shrimp and Grits as a classic Southern dish. This is my husband’s favorite dinner, and is excellent to make for special occasions while still not requiring much effort.
However you choose to enjoy, I hope you and your family love this cheese grits recipe as much as we do!
Looking for More Delicious Southern-Inspired Side Dishes?
- Cheesy Southern Squash Casserole
- Crock Pot Creamed Corn
- Perfect Southern Collard Greens
- Authentic Hoppin’ John Recipe
- Cheesy Scalloped Potatoes Au Gratin
The Creamiest Cheese Grits Recipe
- Mix the milk, water, salt, garlic powder, cayenne pepper, and paprika in a large 6 quart sauce pot. Set over medium-high heat and bring to a boil.
- Once boiling, whisk in the grits, until there are no clumps. Lower the heat to medium-low. Cover and simmer for 12-20 minutes, (depending on the package instructions) stirring occasionally.
- Once the grits seem soft and thick, stir in the butter and shredded cheese. Taste, then season as needed.
- If the grits are thicker than desired, stir in another ¼ – ¾ cup water. They will continue to thicken as they cool.
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