Homemade Cheesy Grits Recipe

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Photo by Lori Dunn
Cheesy Grits, a Southern favorite.
30 min DURATION
15 min COOK TIME
15 min PREP TIME
6 to 8 servings SERVINGS

Ingredients

  • 1⁄2 cup sweet corn kernels, divided
  • 3-1⁄2 cups water, divided
  • 4 tablespoons butter, melted, divided
  • 3 green onions, thinly sliced
  • Sliced jalapeño peppers, optional
  • 1 cup whole milk
  • 2 teaspoons hot sauce
  • Salt and pepper, to taste
  • 1 cup grits
  • 1⁄2 teaspoon turmeric, optional
  • 1 cup shredded Colby Jack cheese
  • 1 cup shredded sharp cheddar cheese
  • 3⁄4 cup shredded smoked Gouda cheese

Directions

  • In bowl of food processor, puree 1⁄4 cup corn kernels with 2 to 3 tablespoons water until smooth. Set aside.
  • In medium saucepan over medium heat, melt 2 tablespoons butter. Add and lightly sauté green onions and pepper slices, if using, for 2 minutes, or until softened. Whisk in remaining water, milk and hot sauce. Season with salt and pepper, to taste.
  • Bring mixture to boil while continuously whisking. Stir in grits. Reduce heat to low, and cook for 15 minutes, or until mixture becomes thick, stirring frequently. Remove from heat.
  • Add pureed corn, remaining corn kernels, remaining butter and turmeric, and mix well. Stir in cheeses until melted. Serve immediately.
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This recipe is adapted from CooksCountry.com. I added a bit of turmeric to give it a deeper flavor and gorgeous color.