Cheesy Southern Grits

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Ask anyone in my family and you’ll know that my Mama makes the best cheesy grits. One of my favorite smells from the kitchen is a bubbling, buttery, ooey-gooey casserole filled with grits. It’s incredible! These grits are one of my all-time favorite side dishes and recently I’ve learned how to make them! Jason and I love having these grits with roasted vegetables, toast, and even on their own! If you’ve never had grits before (or if you’ve ever had a bad experience with grits), I hope that you give this recipe a chance. It is a game changer — I promise!

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Cheesy Southern Grits

Sweet Pea Living
A classic southern-comfort dish that pairs with any meal perfectly!
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Prep Time 15 mins
Cook Time 45 mins
Total Time 1 hr
Course Breakfast, Dinner, Lunch
Cuisine American
Servings 6


  • 4 cups water
  • 1 ½ tsp salt
  • 1 cup uncooked grits
  • 2 eggs beaten
  • 8 tbsp 1 stick butter
  • ¾ cup Monterey Jack cheese grated
  • ¾ cup Cheddar cheese grated
  • 2 cloves garlic minced
  • ¼ tsp cayenne pepper
  • ¼ tsp crushed red pepper flakes


  • Preheat the oven to 350°F.
  • Bring water and salt to a boil. Add grits to boiling water, stirring constantly for 1 minute.
  • Cover and cook, stirring occasionally, until grits are thick and creamy.
  • Melt butter in a small bowl. Crack two eggs into a second small bowl and whisk with a fork. Temper the eggs by slowly whisking them into the melted butter. Mix eggs and butter into grits and stir to combine.
  • Stir in cheeses, garlic, cayenne pepper, and crushed red pepper flakes.
  • Pour grits into a 2-quart casserole dish. Bake for 45 minutes.
  • Serve with fried eggs, roasted vegetables, or your favorite breakfast foods and enjoy!


Keyword Cheesy, Grits, Southern Food
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