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Categories: Sides, Vegetarian

Creamy grits

Like every other red-meat-eating American, I've swallowed the idea that the grill is the greatest innovation since fire itself. But ever since a friend subjected me to an entire meal cooked on one, I've been wise to its limitations. Grilled ... Read more

Total time: 35 minutes | Serves 4 to 6
Note: To vary the flavor, omit the cheese and add 2 cloves minced garlic to the liquid before adding the grits.
  • 2 cups half-and-half
  • Large dash sea or kosher salt
  • 1 cup old-fashioned grits
  • Freshly ground pepper
  • Cayenne or hot pepper sauce
  • 1/4 cup crumbled Maytag blue cheese or 1 cup grated sharp Cheddar
  • 2 tablespoons chopped fresh chives or parsley

Step 1Combine the half-and-half with salt in a deep saucepan. Add 3 cups of water and bring to a rolling boil. Slowly pour in the grits while whisking constantly. Cook over medium heat, whisking frequently, until the grits are soft and smooth, about 20 minutes.

Step 2Season with pepper and cayenne to taste. Add the cheese of your choice and stir until melted. Stir in herbs and more salt if needed. Serve hot.

Each serving:
223 calories; 119 mg. sodium; 44 mg. cholesterol; 10 grams fat; 6 grams saturated fat; 24 grams carbohydrates; 6 grams protein; 0 fiber.
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