Today I want to show you how to make Creamy Cheese Southern Grits. Today is my birthday, and I began the celebrations enjoying my favorite meal of the day…breakfast. And it included grits, bacon, eggs and toast.
This recipe is super easy. I’ve made a list of things you’ll need to make it.
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Ingredients Needed for Creamy Cheese Grits
First, you’ll need to buy a box of stone-ground grits at the grocery store. That is, get the stone-ground grits to experience the old-fashioned way of making grits. The kind I chose costs approximately $3.00 per box.
If you prefer, you can purchase quick grits that are very finely ground and processed. Instant grits have been pre-cooked and dehydrated, quick and easy but not as healthy as stone-ground, whole dried kernels.
Be sure you have the following ingredients to make your Southern grits:
- Stone-ground grits
- Heavy whipping cream
- Bacon (optional)
- Eggs (if you’re planning the grits as a side dish)
- Bread (for toast)
Toppings for Southern Grits
The classic Southern dish of grits definitely includes butter. Yes, I know it adds fat grams, but on special occasions (like birthday), at least add a bit of butter. Then top off your old-fashioned grits with any delicious addition you like.
Choose any of these toppings for different varieties of grits:
- green onions
- creole seasoning
- American cheese
- Velveeta cheese
- Pimento cheese
- Cream cheese
- Sugar or Splenda
- Fresh fruit
- Dried fruit
- Maple syrup
- Bacon bits
- Fried egg
- Tabasco sauce
Ideas for Southern Grits Recipes
As you can see from the ingredient list, you can easily come up with multiple Southern grits recipes. For instance, make it like a creamy porridge sweetened or a savory dish.
Although a staple of the Southern United States, grits actually came from the Native Americans but known as maize or ground hominy. And the famous southern favorite grits differs according to the area and culture where cooked.
This is for you if you love sweet creamy hot cereal…sweet grits. Prepare the grits according to the directions on the box. Add a little milk, some sugar (or Splenda or honey), and enjoy a delicious dish of sweet grits.
Cheesy Southern Grits
You could go all out with the cheesy grits and mix in cheddar cheese, sharp cheddar, and a little Velveeta. Add cream cheese also if you want. Top it with crumbled bacon and green onion pieces.
Personally, I love the ultimate Southern comfort food of buttery grits, creamy smooth texture, with a little salt and pepper. Occasionally, I love to top mine off with crispy pieces of bacon and a spoonful of grated cheese.
New Orleans and Tabasco Style Grits
Make it spicy grits with Cajun seasoning, New Orleans style, with hot sauce and classic shrimp (depending on time of day). If you like extra spicy, mix in a little Tabasco sauce.
Perhaps New Orleans style will seem better as a side dish for brunch or dinner. But if this type of grits suits you, the time of day you serve it may not matter in the least to you.
Creamy Cheese Southern Grits
Southern style creamy grits
- 1 Cup. Lamb's Stoneground Grits Or use other brand.
- 1/2 Teaspoon Salt
- 2 Tablespoon Butter
- 1/4 Cup Heavy Whipping Cream
- 1/4 Cup Shredded Mexican Cheese Four Cheese Blend
- 1 Tablespoon Bacon Pieces
Pour 3 cups water into a pot with the salt and bring to a boil.
Add the grits and stir continually until boiling.
Mix the butter and whipping cream with the grits and stir.
Serve the grits into bowls, and top with the grated cheese and bacon.
Tabasco, Avery Island, Louisiana
In reference to grits with Tabasco, let me take a minute to tell you about the Tabasco factory in Avery Island, Louisiana.
For my 45th anniversary, my husband took me to the fascinating Tabasco factory. I just loved touring the place and want to share with you.
If you want to learn more about how Tabasco is made at Avery Island, check out their website and go visit. The place was very fascinating, and we thoroughly enjoyed our trip there. Oh, incidentally, one of our favorite foods was the amazing boudin egg roll.
While we were at the Tabasco factory, I bought three bottles of Tabasco sauces:
And I purchased a jar of pepper jelly because we ate it with the boudin egg rolls and loved it at Avery Island’s Tabasco Restaurant 1868.
We’ve been eating a lot of soup and crackers lately at home, and you know what’s good for Tabasco snacks? Take a Ritz cracker, top it with a slice of white sharp cheddar cheese and pepper jelly. Or add a few drops of the Bird’s Eye Chili Sauce from the McIlhenny Company to the cracker and cheese.
Look at this other easy grits recipe with a fried egg: