Growing up in Charleston, grits were a staple of my childhood. For over 20 years of my life, I don’t think I had bad grits. After college, I moved north. New York and Philadelphia had amazing food, of course, but it was almost impossible to find good Southern food or soul food. It was a very confusing experience the first time I tried grits at a diner at breakfast. I was presented with a bowl of something runny, bland, and not at all what I was used to eating. That was the start of several years of making grits only at home. Now that I live near Annapolis, I am able to get good grits at restaurants, but I’m still a tad skeptical sometimes.
This recipe uses quick grits. If you want to use stone ground, they will take a lot longer to cook. I don’t recommend using instant grits.
Creamy Cheddar Grits
- 1 cup chicken or vegetable stock
- ⅓ cup heavy cream
- ½ tsp salt
- ¼ tsp white pepper
- ⅓ cup quick grits (not instant)
- 2 tbsp butter cut into cubes
- ⅔ cup shredded cheddar cheese
- Whisk together stock, heavy cream, salt, and pepper in a saucepan and bring to a boil.
- Whisk in grits and reduce heat to low.
- Cook for 10 minutes, whisking frequently.
- Stir in butter and cheese.
- Turn off heat, cover, and let rest for 5 minutes.