Garlic-Cheese Grits

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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.

Garlic-Cheese Grits
Nutritionist Tested & Approved

Time: 90 minutes (20 minutes prep)

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 cloves garlic, minced

  • 1/2 cup shredded extra-sharp Cheddar cheese

  • 1/2 cup grated sharp Italian cheese, such as Pecorino Romano or Parmesan

  • 1/8-1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper, or 1 teaspoon hot sauce, or to taste

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

  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.

  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.

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

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

If preparing ahead of time: Prepare through Step 4, cover and refrigerate until ready to bake.


Nutritional Facts

Servings
6
Calories
168
Carbohydrates
21g
Cholesterol
16mg
Dietary Fiber
1g
Fat
6g
Monounsaturated Fat
2g
Potassium
35mg
Protein
7g
Saturated Fat
3g
Sodium
264mg
Bonus
Calcium (15% daily value)
Carbohydrate Servings
1 1/2
Exchanges
1 1/2 starch
1 fat meat

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2 replies

kristyreal
kristyreal 2015-06-04 18:06:28 -0500 Report

I can't even imagine eating this…21g of carbs & 7g of protein? WTF? How is this even listed as a "protein blast for breakfast" recipe? Ridiculous…

kristyreal
kristyreal 2015-06-04 18:05:55 -0500 Report

I can't even imagine eating this…21g of carbs & 7g of protein? WTF? How is this even listed as a "protein blast for breakfast" recipe? Ridiculous…