Garlic-Cheese Grits

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Garlic-Cheese Grits

Garlic-Cheese Grits

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.

Serves 6

Prep Time 20 min

Total Time 90 min.

Ingredients

  • 4 1/2 cups water
  • 1 cup grits, quick or old-fashioned (not instant)
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 2 teaspoons extra-virgin olive oil
  • 2 medium clo garlic, minced
  • 1/2 cup shredded extra-sharp Cheddar cheese
  • 1/2 cup grated sharp Italian cheese, such as Pecorino Romano or Parmesan
  • 1/8-1 teaspoon cayenne pepper, or 1 teaspoon hot sauce, or to taste

Cooking Directions

Step 1

Preheat oven to 350°F. Coat an 8-inch-square baking pan with cooking spray.

Step 2

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.

Step 3

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.

Step 4

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

Step 5

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


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