Garlic-Cheese Grits

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Garlic-Cheese Grits

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.

Yield: 6 servings, about 2/3 cup each
Active Time: 20
Total Time: 90

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

Preparation

  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.

Tips & Notes

  • Make Ahead Tip: Prepare through Step 4, cover and refrigerate until ready to bake.

Nutrition

Nutrition Per Serving

calories 168
fat 6 g (3 g sat, 2 g mono)
cholesterol 16 mg
carbohydrates 21 g
protein 7 g
fiber 1 g
sodium 264 mg
potassium 35 mg

Nutrition Bonus Calcium (15% daily value).

Carbohydrate Serving 1 1/2

Exchanges 1 1/2 starch, 1 fat meat

From EatingWell October/November 2006