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Taste of the South: Cheese Grits

The trick to perfect cheese grits is in the cheese. We combined sharp Cheddar and Monterey Jack for the perfect cheese grits recipe. - Photo: Beth Dreiling / Styling: Lisa Powell Bailey / Food Styling: Angela Sellers
The trick to perfect cheese grits is in the cheese. We combined sharp Cheddar and Monterey Jack for the perfect cheese grits recipe. Photo: Beth Dreiling / Styling: Lisa Powell Bailey / Food Styling: Angela Sellers

Grits can be eaten anytime of day from cheesy grit casseroles at breakfast to shrimp and grits for dinner. Try our all-time favorite cheese grits recipes and taste what the fuss is all about.

Favorite Cheese Grits Recipes

The topics in “Taste of the South” often generate intense discussions at our tasting table, and cheese grits proved no exception. We all agreed that this straightforward dish embodies the very definition of good old-fashioned, stick-to-your-ribs Southern food. The rest, however, was open to a little friendly debate.

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Following our standard procedure, we tested a number of cheese grits recipes, which included everything from garlic to bacon, and just about every kind of cheese you can imagine. In the end, it was the unadorned but extraordinarily delicious Two-Cheese Grits recipe that won, hands down. The reason? The cheese.

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The Perfect Cheese for Grits
Specifically, sharp Cheddar and Monterey Jack. We found that the combination of tangy sharp Cheddar and mild Monterey Jack creates the perfect balance of creaminess and flavor. Here’s why: The sharper the cheese, the less moisture it has. This is a good thing when sliced and eaten out of hand, but it’s not so good when the cheese is heated. When sharp and extra-sharp Cheddar are melted, they can taste greasy and grainy. Enter Monterey Jack, whose high moisture content makes it just right for melting. When you try our cheese grits recipe, you’ll know why they’re the perfect match.

Grits Dictionary
Grits can be very different, depending on whether they're ground at a gristmill or purchased at the supermarket. Use this guide to grits to help you with the different choices.

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