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Comforting Baked Cheese Grits

Updated December 27, 2017
Comforting Baked Cheese Grits
Comforting Baked Cheese Grits
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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.

Serves: 10

  • 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

For more cooking tips, check out our step-by-step guide for How to Make Grits.

  1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. Grease an 8 x 8-inch baking dish and set aside.
  2. 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.
  3. 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.

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. 

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This was my first foray into grits. I'd never have them before, so it's hard for me to judge whether they were well done or not. I will say that I was promised a lot of cheese and cheesy flavor but this dish didn't deliver on that. I'm a big cheese fan and couldn't really taste it.

I generally don't like grits, but I loved these! The firmer texture plus the cheese made this a definite winner in my book :)

Now these are darn tasty grits! Good cheesy flavor through and through, moist texture and just darn good. Added to "my favorites"!

This was a nice treat! I loved that it was so soft and not too over-the-top flavor-wise. This would be a great addition to a barbecue.

This was tasty, but I think it would be even better with some kind of sauce or crunchy topping.

These grits were nice and cheesy and were good as a small side dish.

I loved this grits bake! I haven't had grits very often, so I am pleasantly surprised every time I eat them. I even went back for seconds today.

I wasn't a fan of the texture of these grits, so I wouldn't make them again. I have only had grits a couple of times so I think they just aren't the food for me.


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