Down Home Cheese Grits

Every now and then you want comfort food.  That good, flavorful, tasty, sure-to-do-damage-to-your-waistline food.  Food that has been fried, or battered and deep fried (yaay!), or full of cheese, or covered in gravy…Food that makes you want to undo your pants, melt into the couch and sigh contentedly.

That was me, this morning.  I wanted something good, and not necessarily good for me.  I try to make healthy, tasty meals for my family all the time but this morning I could’ve cared less about the caloric count.  I broke out the grits.  Aww yeah, time for cheesy grits, baby.

Image courtesy of Hope 4 Peyton. I would have taken a photo of my own pot of grits, but there was no time.

You will need:

  • 3 cups water
  • 3/4 cup grits (I used the “cooks in five minutes” kind)
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 1/4 cup sugar
  • 2 tbsp butter
  • 1/4 tsp paprika
  • 4 ounces sharp cheddar cheese, cubed

Bring the water to a brisk boil in a small pot over high heat.  Add the grits, salt, sugar, butter and paprika to the boiling water.  Turn the heat to low, stir and cover.  Cook over low heat for five minutes, stirring occasionally.

After five minutes, turn off the heat, stir, and re-cover.  Wait five minutes then add half of the cheese, stir and re-cover.  Wait five more minutes, add the rest of the cheese and stir again.  Serve immediately.

Makes four servings.

Now, the greedy fat pig in me could eat the entire pot full by myself, right out of the pot.  But I had to share because Brad and Talia were awake.  Dang kids.  Always being hungry and wanting food and attention and stuff.  Sigh.

You could totally eat this by itself, or you could pair it with some crispy bacon and biscuits for breakfast, or some battered and deep-fried catfish for dinner.  Hey, I didn’t say this post was going to be heart-healthy.  😉

What do you like to make for comfort food?  Let me know, leave a comment below!

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