Cheesy Grits Bowl


Stick to the basic cheesy grits or change it up with our chorizo, bacon and eggs, or spinach and tomato variations.

Cheesy Grits Bowl
Photo: Blaine Moats
Hands On Time:
15 mins
Total Time:
25 mins
about 5 1/2 cups


  • 2 tablespoon butter

  • 4 cloves garlic, minced

  • 3 ½ cup reduced-sodium chicken broth

  • 1 ⅓ cup milk

  • ¼ teaspoon black pepper

  • 1 ¼ cup quick-cooking grits

  • 1 cup shredded smoked Gouda cheese (4 oz.)

  • 1 cup shredded white cheddar cheese (4 oz.)

  • Sauteed mushrooms, creme fraiche, and/or snipped fresh rosemary (optional)


  1. In a large saucepan heat butter over medium. Add garlic; cook and stir 2 minutes. Stir in chicken broth, milk, and pepper. Bring to a simmer.

  2. Add grits in a steady stream, stirring constantly. Reduce heat to medium-low. Cook and stir 6 to 8 minutes or until mixture thickens. Stir in cheeses until melted. If desired, top with sauteed mushrooms, creme fraiche, and/or rosemary. Serves 8.

Chorizo Bowl:

Prepare as directed, substituting Monterey Jack cheese for the Gouda and adding 1 finely chopped jalapeno pepper with the cheeses. Serve topped with cooked chorizo or breakfast sausage, avocado, cilantro, and salsa.

Bacon and Eggs:

Prepare as directed, stirring chopped cooked bacon into grits with the cheeses. Top each serving with an egg and bacon strips.

Spinach and Tomato:

Prepare as directed, substituting mozzarella for the Gouda and stirring 3 cups fresh baby spinach and 2 chopped roma tomatoes into grits with the cheeses. Top with fresh basil and roasted tomatoes.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

253 Calories
13g Fat
23g Carbs
12g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 8
Calories 253
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 13g 17%
Saturated Fat 8g 40%
Cholesterol 40mg 13%
Sodium 463mg 20%
Total Carbohydrate 23g 8%
Total Sugars 3g
Protein 12g
Vitamin C 1mg 5%
Calcium 263mg 20%
Iron 1.1mg 6%
Potassium 199mg 4%
Folate, total 50.9mcg
Vitamin B-12 0.4mcg
Vitamin B-6 0.1mg

*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a food serving contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.

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