Two-Cheese Baked Grits

by Michele Pesula Kuegler | September 4th, 2008 | Breakfast Dishes, Recipes, Side Dishes

For many people a weekend morning without plans is the perfect occasion for sleeping late.  For me, it is the perfect time for a big, homemade breakfast.  At our house, the kids often request my cinnamon rolls, chocolate chip scones, pancakes, or waffles.  However, if the kids aren’t home in the morning, it is the perfect time to try a less sugar- or chocolate-based breakfast.

With no kids home on this past Saturday, I decided to try my hand at baked grits.  Having been raised primarily in New England, grits are not native to my cooking repertoire.  However, with travels to Maryland and Delaware on a fairly frequent basis, I have seen this dish on many menus.  Checking out fellow diners’ meals, grits seemed like a nice replacement for homefries or hashbrowns.

Plain grits seemed okay, if they were topped with butter, salt, and pepper.  To make our grits more flavorful, I decided to add cheddar and parmesan cheeses and dried chipotle chile pepper.  While they baked in the oven for 20 minutes, I had time to cook the sausage and eggs.  I even had an extra minute to make mimosas for an extra special touch.

While much of the Eastern time zone was waking, we were enjoying a hearty, delicious breakfast for two. Personally, I’ll take breakfast with my husband over sleep any day.

Two-Cheese Baked Grits

Serves 6


Cook Time
20 min

Cook Time
20 min

  1. 4-1/2 cups skim milk
  2. 1-1/2 tsp. salt
  3. 1/2 tsp. dried chipotle chile pepper
  4. 1/2 tsp. black pepper
  5. 1 Tb. butter, unsalted
  6. 2 cups quick-cooking grits
  7. 1-1/2 cups cheddar cheese, shredded
  8. 1/2 cup parmesan cheese, shredded
  1. Preheat oven to 350.
  2. In a medium-sized saucepan, over medium-high heat, combine milk, salt, chile pepper, and black pepper. Bring to a boil, and reduce heat to medium.
  3. Stirring constantly, add grits, parmesan cheese, and 1/2 cup of cheddar cheese.
  4. Stir for 4 – 5 minutes or until grits are creamy. Pour grits into a greased 8 X 8 baking dish.
  5. Top with remaining cheddar cheese.
  6. Bake for 15 – 20 minutes or until the cheese is golden brown.
  1. Serves 6 generous portions.
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  1. Erica M says:

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  2. I know some folks around here who say that it isn’t breakfast if there are no grits and they are upset if they are not served.Maybe its my northern tastebuds, but I have never ever been able to “get into” grits. Maybe this will change my mind. But I don’t know…

  3. Corinna says:

    This is a recipe that I arrived at on my own about a year ago. Love it! So yummy and creamy with all that cheese. Instead of skim milk I’ve been using water and 1/2 cup of evaporated milk.

    Another variation is that I drop an egg or two to poach directly in the almost done grits. How many eggs depends on the size and depth of the pot and the amount of grits that I am cooking.

    Then I just pour it out into a bowl and pierce the egg so that the thickened yolk blends slowly with the grits and…I think I have to go cook some right now!

  4. […] is a popular meal in our house.  Requests vary from savory items, such as cheesy grits or omelets, to sweet items, such as cinnamon rolls and scones.  The amount of time available to […]

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