Classic southern Cheese Grits - Creamy grits with cheddar cheese and a hint of garlic. Part of many a southern breakfast.
Today we're marking a real milestone - the 8th anniversary of Never Enough Thyme. It started on a Sunday afternoon in February 2009 when, out of boredom and the need to do something creative, I sat down at the computer and wrote my first blog post.
It was just a few lines to get the feel of what writing a blog was like. I decided it was something I might enjoy doing and a few days later I published my first recipe - Cheese Grits.
Just like everyone else, at the very beginning, the only people reading were my husband, my mama, and my daughter. But they were faithful readers and constantly encouraged me as I kept working hard at building something online.
Over the past eight years, I've published 746 posts - most of them recipes with a few travel stories thrown in - and received 14,842 comments. I've branched out to include social media with Facebook, Google+, Pinterest, and Instagram, and I've published hundreds of email newsletters.
Blogging Is So Much Fun!
And do you know what? I still enjoy blogging. They say the average blog lasts only about 100 days. That means Never Enough Thyme has beaten the odds by about 29 times. Wish I was that lucky when playing the lottery :-)
So, to mark the occasion, I thought I'd share with you the very first recipe ever published on this blog and it's still a good one! These creamy Cheese Grits with cheddar and a hint of garlic are part of many a southern breakfast. But we also enjoy them with lots of other meals as well. They're pretty much standard fare at a southern fish fry and can stand in for polenta in lots of recipes.
Hope you enjoy reminiscing with me and make a pot of Cheese Grits for your family soon!
How to Make Cheese Grits
If you grew up in the South, you know what a yummy, comforting thing grits are (grits is?). They're wonderful with just butter, salt, and pepper, but add a little sharp cheddar and garlic to the mix and, oh my goodness, they are something else!
Now, BeeBop grew up in some far-flung places like New Mexico and Colorado where they apparently do such unbelievable things with grits as putting (gasp!) sugar and milk on them. Don't worry, though. Over the years, I've taught him to appreciate the proper preparation of grits. None of that sugar and milk nonsense in this house. No, sir.
These cheese grits are (is? I can't figure that out) easy, fast and inexpensive. They're good for breakfast, but you'll also find them in most restaurants in the south alongside fried fish.
Grits for Two, Please
These days I cook for just us two, so here's my recipe. You can double or triple it for your family.
Bring the water and salt to a boil in a smallish saucepan. Add the grits to the boiling water using a whisk. Using the whisk ensures that you don't get lumps in your grits.
Now cover the pot, lower the heat to a simmer, and cook the grits according to the package directions.
Add the Seasonings
When the grits are done, stir in the butter, black pepper, and garlic powder. Now, if you want to use fresh garlic go ahead. However, since we usually have Cheese Grits with breakfast and I don't like to get a hunk of garlic in my mouth at that time of the day, I'll stick with the powder. Thank you very much.
Next, add the grated cheddar. Some people want to get all fancy with the cheese and use stuff like Parmesan, sharp Provolone or even Bleu cheese.
However, to me anyway, grits are (is?...still can't decide) homey, comfort food and messing around with all that fancy-ness is just fooling with an already good thing. Just stick with the cheddar.
Next, dump in the cheese and stir until blended.
BeeBop read a story recently about a restaurant in New York City that had just put grits on their menu. They were selling them for $8 for a 1 cup serving. People were lined up out the door every morning to get those $8 grits. Man...I could go up there with $50 worth of grits and come home a wealthy woman.
Make some cheese grits soon. Your family will love you. And think about all those folks standing in line with $8 in their hand waiting for 10¢ worth of grits :-)
More Southern Breakfast Recipes on Never Enough Thyme:
- Sausage Gravy and Biscuits with Tomatoes
- Another Buttermilk Biscuit
- Tomato Gravy
- Shrimp and Grits
- Huevos and Grits, Y'all
- Tomato Chile Cheese Grits
Cheese Grits Recipes from Other Bloggers:
- Jalapeno Cheese Grits from Homesick Texan
- Baked Cheese Grits from Buns in my Oven
- Tomato Cheese Grits from She Wears Many Hats
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- 1/3 cup quick-cooking grits
- 1 1/3 cups water
- 1 tblsp. butter
- 1/2 tsp. salt
- 1/4 tsp. black pepper
- couple dashes garlic powder
- 2 1/2 ounces sharp cheddar cheese grated
- Bring the water, butter and salt to a boil in a small saucepan.
- Add the grits to the boiling water using a whisk.
- Cover the pot, lower the heat to a simmer and cook the grits according to the package directions.
- When the grits are done, stir in the black pepper and garlic powder.
- Add the cheese and stir until blended.
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Lana Stuart is the cook and occasional traveler here at Never Enough Thyme. Lana has been cooking since she was tall enough to reach the stove and started this blog in 2009 to share her delicious home cooking recipes. You'll find about 700 recipes here so there's sure to be something your family will like!
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