Learn exactly how to make the perfect cheese grits! This easy tutorial will show you how to make the best cream cheese grits recipe that pair perfectly with your favorite shrimp recipe or breakfast dish!
Most of you know by now that we live in the South. And down here, grits are serious. We eat them at every get together, every holiday, every group breakfast…anytime, anywhere, we’re eating grits. I actually just had some at a one year old’s birthday party!
So since we take our grits pretty seriously, I knew I had to spread the love with all of you. If you have never had good, homemade grits, get ready for a game changing experience. I love using these grits in my Cheesy Shrimp and Grits recipe, or just enjoying them on their own! There’s so many ways you can enjoy classic cheese grits!
What are grits?
Grits are dried corn that has been ground down. Grits can be made from either white or yellow corn- either variety is delicious. You can buy either quick cook or instant grits (I do not recommend these, they tend to come out much softer than other varieties), old fashioned or regular grits or stone ground grits.
I personally prefer the stone ground grits, but old fashioned grits are easier to find and work great. You may have also seen hominy grits, especially in restaurants. These are grits that tend to be more expensive and harder to find. If you’re looking for more ways to prepare grits, check out this list of The Best Creamy Shrimp and Grits.
Are grits gluten free?
Yes! Grits are naturally gluten free.
Ingredients needed for Cheese Grits
To make these delicious cheese grits, you will need:
- Chicken broth- regular or reduced sodium both work
- Grits- I used yellow, but you can use white grits as well
- Cream cheese- regular or low fat is fine
- Sharp cheddar cheese- shredded
- Salt and pepper to taste
How do you make Cheese Grits?
These yummy grits are super easy and you only need one pan! I prefer this sauce pan, but any medium sauce pan will work.
First, you’ll boil your chicken broth in your sauce pan. After the broth is boiling, stir in your grits and reduce the heat to low. Next, cover your grits and allow them to simmer for about 7 minutes, while giving them an occasional stir.
Finally, when the grits have absorbed all of the liquid, add in your cream cheese, shredded cheddar and salt and pepper. Stir well, cover and remove from heat.
There you go! The perfect cheese grits to accompany so many dishes, or to enjoy on their own, in less than ten minutes!
Are grits keto?
Grits are not a low carb or keto food, but never fear! I have a delicious Keto Shrimp and Grits recipe for my keto friends!
Tips for the best Grits
- Don’t forget the cream cheese- it adds a delicious layer of creaminess to these grits
- Be sure to cover your grits while they’re cooking- this helps the grits to absorb the chicken broth and get a ton of flavor in the process
- Cook your grits in broth- of course, you can cook grits in water, but cooking them in chicken broth is, in my opinion, a crucial step for the overall flavor of the grits
- Remember the cheese! Cheesy grits are one of life’s simple pleasures, so don’t skimp on the cheese!
What can I serve with Cheese Grits?
Grits really can be served at any meal, any time of day, with basically anything. Seriously, you can’t go wrong putting these on the table! Serve these grits at your next brunch and pair them with these Ham and Cheese Quiche for a delectable spread. For a lunch option, plate these grits with this Apple Bacon Cheddar Panini for a quick but memorable meal. For a great date night, treat you and your significant other to this Keto Chicken Parmesan with an amazing side dish of these grits! Any way you pair these grits, you’ll have clean plates in your house!
More Grits Recipes
- 2 cups chicken broth
- 1/2 cup yellow corn grits
- 2 ounces cream cheese
- 1 cup shredded sharp cheddar cheese
- Salt and pepper to taste
- In a medium sauce pan, bring chicken broth to a boil. Stir in the grits and reduce heat to low. Cover and let grits simmer for 7 minutes, stirring occasionally.
- When the grits have absorbed the liquid, add cream cheese, shredded cheese and salt and pepper to taste.
- Stir mixture well, cover and remove from heat.
This recipe serves 2 as a large main dish portion (such as for shrimp and grits). It serves 4 as a small side dish or breakfast size portion.
Nutrition Information:Serving Size: 2 (main dish size)
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 482Cholesterol: 99mgSodium: 1101mgCarbohydrates: 35gFiber: 2gProtein: 31g