Grits are one of the best Southern comfort foods that you will ever eat in your life. Now you can enjoy grits in the form of a casserole with this recipe for Comforting Baked Cheese Grits. This easy Southern recipe only requires a few simple ingredients, and everyone in your family will enjoy this twist on a Southern classic. To make this easy casserole recipe, grits are combined with milk on the stove. The grits are flavored with garlic and cheese, so you know that they have to be good.
Once the grits have cooked on the stove, they are transferred to a baking dish and baked until golden brown and set. Even if you have never eaten this Southern staple before, you are bound to enjoy this cheese grits recipe. Those who do not know how to make grits will learn just how simple it is with this recipe for Comforting Baked Cheese Grits.
This test kitchen-approved recipe was inspired by our recipes for Best Baked Cheese Grits.
Either white Cheddar or regular Cheddar cheese is acceptable for this dish. Choose one or the other, or use a combination as we have here. Add more or less garlic according to your tastes. If you do not have buttermilk, use whole milk for that step or learn how to make buttermilk below.
- 2 cups milk
- 1 cup white grits (not instant)
- 2 tablespoons flour
- 1 teaspoon salt
- 1 teaspoon very finely minced garlic
- 1/2 teaspoon fresh ground pepper
- 4 ounces Cheddar cheese, cut into small cubes
- 2 tablespoons butter
- 2 eggs, beaten
- 1 cup buttermilk
- 4 ounces white Cheddar cheese, grated
Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. Grease an 8 x 8-inch baking dish and set aside.
In a non-stick saucepan bring the milk to a boil, then whisk in the grits, flour, salt, garlic, and pepper. Continue to cook over low heat, whisking for 8 to 10 minutes until the mixture resembles soft mashed potatoes.
Remove the pan from the heat and stir in the Cheddar cubes and the butter, then quickly stir in the beaten eggs. Pour into the prepared baking dish and gently pour the buttermilk over the top. Sprinkle with the white Cheddar cheese and bake for about 30 to 35 minutes until it is lightly brown at the edges and the center is firm.
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