Kentucky Garlic Cheese Grits

There’s something magical about comfort food that brings back cherished memories. The aroma of a dish being prepared in the kitchen can transport us to the happiest moments of our lives. Today, I want to share a recipe that has been a staple in my family for generations: Kentucky Garlic Cheese Grits.

As a child, I remember sitting around the table with my grandparents, enjoying laughter and stories while savoring the rich and cheesy grits that my grandmother prepared. It was a dish that brought us all together and created a sense of warmth and togetherness. Now, I’m excited to pass down this beloved recipe to you.

How to Prepare Kentucky Garlic Cheese Grits

Ingredients:

  • 3/4 cup milk
  • 1 egg
  • 1 tablespoon garlic powder
  • 1 dash hot pepper sauce
  • 4 cups water
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup quick-cooking grits
  • 1/4 cup butter
  • 12 ounces shredded sharp Cheddar cheese, divided

Directions:

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C). Grease a 2-quart baking dish.
  2. Beat milk, egg, garlic powder, and hot pepper sauce in a bowl.
  3. Bring water and salt to a boil in a saucepan; cook and stir grits in boiling water until thickened, 3 to
    5 minutes. Remove from heat; add butter and about 1/2 of the Cheddar cheese.
  4. Stir the egg mixture into the grits and pour the mixture into the prepared baking dish.
  5. Sprinkle the remaining Cheddar cheese over the grits.
  6. Bake in the preheated oven until the cheese is melted and the grits are set, about 1 hour.
  7. Allow the grits to cool for 20 to 30 minutes before serving. The grits should have a cornbread-like
    texture.

Frequently Asked Questions

How do I store leftover Kentucky Garlic Cheese Grits?

Place any leftover grits in an airtight container and store them in the refrigerator. They can be reheated in
the microwave or on the stovetop.

Can I customize the level of spiciness in this recipe?

Absolutely! You can adjust the amount of hot pepper sauce to your liking. If you prefer a milder flavor, use
less; if you love heat, feel free to add a bit more.

What can I serve with these grits?

Kentucky Garlic Cheese Grits make a fantastic side dish for a variety of main courses. They pair wonderfully
with grilled chicken, shrimp, or even a hearty vegetable stew.

Can I use a different type of cheese?

While the recipe calls for sharp Cheddar cheese, you can certainly experiment with other cheese options. Gouda,
Monterey Jack, or a blend of cheeses can all create delightful variations.

Is it possible to make this recipe gluten-free?

Yes, you can use gluten-free quick-cooking grits to make this recipe gluten-free. Just ensure that all other
ingredients you use are also certified gluten-free.

What’s the best occasion to serve Kentucky Garlic Cheese Grits?

These grits are versatile and can be served at various occasions, from family dinners to potluck gatherings.
They add a comforting touch to any meal, making them perfect for both casual and special occasions.

With its heartwarming origins and irresistible flavors, Kentucky Garlic Cheese Grits are sure to become a
cherished dish in your family too. Enjoy creating new memories around this delightful recipe!

Happy cooking!

Kentucky Garlic Cheese Grits

Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 1 hour 5 minutes
Total Time 1 hour 20 minutes
Course Side Dish
Cuisine American
Servings 8
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Ingredients
  

  • 3/4 cup milk
  • 1 egg
  • 1 tablespoon garlic powder
  • 1 dash hot pepper sauce
  • 4 cups water
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup quick-cooking grits
  • 1/4 cup butter
  • 12 ounces shredded sharp Cheddar cheese divided

Instructions
 

  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Grease a 2-quart baking dish.
  • Beat milk, egg, garlic powder, and hot pepper sauce in a bowl.
  • Bring water and salt to a boil in a saucepan; cook and stir grits in boiling water until thickened, 3 to 5 minutes. Remove from heat; add butter and about 1/2 of the Cheddar cheese. Stir egg mixture into grits and pour grits into the prepared baking dish. Sprinkle remaining Cheddar cheese over grits.
  • Bake in the preheated oven until cheese is melted and grits are set, about 1 hour. Allow grits to cool 20 to 30 minutes before serving. Grits should be cornbread-like.
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