Smoked Cheddar Grits

Side Dish

Recipe courtesy of Emeril Lagasse

Makes 2 quarts

  • 6 cups water
  • Salt, to taste
  • 1 1/2 cups quick cooking or old-fashioned grits (not instant)
  • 1 cup milk
  • 1 cup heavy cream
  • 4 tablespoons butter
  • 6 ounces grated smoked white cheddar cheese
  • Freshly ground black pepper, to taste 

Smoked Cheddar Grits

Smoked Cheddar Grits

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In a large, heavy saucepan bring the water to a boil. Add a generous teaspoon of salt and the grits and stir with a wooden spoon to combine. When grits thicken, add the milk, cream and butter and return to a boil. Reduce heat to a simmer, partially cover the sauce pan and cook for 45 minutes to one hour, until grits are very tender, smooth, and creamy-thick. Add the cheddar, season with black pepper, and stir until cheese is melted. Serve hot. 

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