Baked Cheese Grits


6 cups water
2 1/4 teaspoons salt
2 cups yellow grits* (not quick or instant; 12 oz)
1 stick (1/2 cup) unsalted butter
1/2 teaspoon black pepper
2 tablespoons chopped garlic
1/2 lb Cheddar, coarsely grated (2 cups)
3 large eggs
1 cup whole milk


Put oven rack in middle position and preheat oven to 350F.

Bring water and 3/4 teaspoon salt to a boil in a 4-quart heavy pot.

Add grits in a slow stream, stirring constantly. Reduce heat and gently simmer, stirring frequently to avoid sticking, until very thick, about 30 minutes. (Use a long-handled spoon to avoid bubbling and popping hot grits.)

Add butter, remaining 1 1/2 teaspoons salt, pepper, garlic, and cheese, stirring until butter and cheese are melted. Lightly beat eggs and milk in a small bowl, then stir into grits until combined.

Pour into an ungreased 8-inch square baking dish (2 inches deep) and bake until set and lightly browned, about 1 hour. Serve immediately.

Notes: Very good, and flexible, I have used buttermilk or 1% milk instead of whole, added more pepper, left out the garlic, added jalapenos- has always been good!
Cuisine: American
Uploaded by: Kelly Fowler
Added on: 2007-06-27 15:49:15