Creamy Cheesy Grits Recipe

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Rich and creamy these grits make a great side dish for a Southern-style meal. I make these at my annual Kentucky Derby party.—Kristin Arnett, Elkhorn, Wisconsin
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 10 min. Cook: 25 min.
MAKES:8 servings
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 10 min. Cook: 25 min.
MAKES: 8 servings


  • 3 cups reduced-sodium chicken broth
  • 2 cups milk
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup quick-cooking grits
  • 1 cup (4 ounces) shredded cheddar cheese
  • 1/2 cup grated Parmesan cheese
  • 1/8 teaspoon white pepper
  • 1/8 teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • 1/8 teaspoon ground nutmeg, optional

Nutritional Facts

3/4 cup: 180 calories, 8g fat (5g saturated fat), 27mg cholesterol, 588mg sodium, 19g carbohydrate (4g sugars, 1g fiber), 10g protein .


  1. In a large saucepan, bring the broth, milk and salt to a boil. Gradually whisk in grits. Reduce heat to low; cook, uncovered, for 25 minutes or until grits become thick, stirring frequently.
  2. Stir in the cheeses, white pepper, cayenne and nutmeg if desired. Serve hot. Yield: 8 servings.
Originally published as Creamy Cheesy Grits in Test Kitchen Favorites 2004 2005, p184

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gooch621 231219
Reviewed Aug. 14, 2015

"Milk adds a nice creaminess. I not a fan of the parmesan and nutmeg. I'll stick with my garlic cheese grits recipe."

jmkasprak 77636
Reviewed Jul. 27, 2011

"I recommend making this without the nutmeg."

jmkasprak 79156
Reviewed Jul. 19, 2011

"I didn't need to cook the grits the whole 25 minutes, just until they got thick. I also only used the cheddar cheese. This was my first time making grits, and we were very pleased with the results."

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