Quick Cheese Grits

Grits don’t have to be served just as a breakfast side; I most often serve them with pork chops, ham patties, ham steak or sausage patties for lunch in place of potatoes, noodles or rice.  Buy “Quick” grits, the instant ones are just terrible!  If you haven’t liked grits in a restaurant, they were probably gummy and overcooked.  Cook these according to the recipe and serve right away, they are perfect.
 When I worked as a dietitian in Texas and Georgia, patients who had little appetite would request cheese grits “like their Mama’s” when they were coaxed into trying something.  We like them too…and this is my husband’s favorite recipe for them; the thickness is just right, and they are quick and cheesy.  We like sharp cheddar, but choose your own flavor. 
We had them for lunch today, with this recipe for Indiana Breakfast Sausage, a vegetable and oranges for dessert.  I freeze the sausage in a little thinner patties nowadays, then cook them from frozen in a covered cast iron frying pan at medium high heat for 2-3 minutes on each side. 
You can’t beat a meal that cooks this quickly and doesn’t need any thawing ahead of time.

                          Quick Cheese Grits

2 Side Servings
8 Side Servings
¼ cup
1 cup
Grits -- (quick grits, not instant)
1 cup
4 cups
1 ounce (1/4 cup)
4 ounces (1 cup)
Cheddar Cheese -- grated
1 tablespoon
¼ cup
Butter (optional)
To taste
To taste
Salt and Pepper
To taste
To taste
Cayenne (just a very little sprinkle)

Bring the water to a boil in a saucepan.  Whisk in the grits; reduce heat, and cook, covered, 4-5 minutes, stirring once or twice.
Stir in the cheese, butter and salt and pepper and cayenne if desired.
Serve right away. 


  1. For Christmas, our son fixed shrimp and cheese grits. It was only the second time i've eaten grits. The first was like what you described some restaurants serving. Thanks for the chart and the advice to "pass" on instant grits. I just love hearing of all your meals! You and Myrna serve such healthy, beautiful and (I'm certain) tasty food!

    1. Sounds like your son is a good cook! Shrimp and cheese grits are wonderful too! We like them with everything, and are glad we can buy the grits around here. My husband had never eaten them, but when we lived in the South while he was in the military, he learned to like them. I lived in Texas during high school and college as well, and they were served frequently.


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