Grilled Garlic Cheese Grits Recipe

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"Grits are an everyday food here in the South, I came up with this easy recipe one day when I ran out of potatoes. It's a great alternative to a baked potato when served with grilled steak or chicken," offer Holly Bonds of Smyrna, Georgia.
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 40 min. + cooling Grill: 10 min.
MAKES:9 servings
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 40 min. + cooling Grill: 10 min.
MAKES: 9 servings


  • 4 cups water
  • 1 cup uncooked old-fashioned grits
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup (4 ounces) shredded reduced-fat cheddar cheese
  • 1 to 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil

Nutritional Facts

1 piece: 108 calories, 4g fat (2g saturated fat), 7mg cholesterol, 337mg sodium, 14g carbohydrate (0 sugars, 1g fiber), 5g protein. Diabetic Exchanges: 1 starch, 1/2 fat.


  1. In a saucepan, bring water to a boil. Slowly add grits and salt, stirring constantly. Reduce heat; simmer, uncovered, for 40-45 minutes or until thickened, stirring occasionally. Add cheese and garlic; stir until cheese is melted. Pour into a 9-in. square baking dish coated with cooking spray. Cover and refrigerate for 2 to 2-1/2 hours or until firm.
  2. Cut grits into 3-in. squares; brush both sides with oil. Using long-handled tongs, moisten a paper towel with cooking oil and lightly coat the grill rack. Grill, covered, over medium heat or broil 4 in. from the heat for 4-6 minutes on each side or until lightly browned. Yield: 9 servings.
Originally published as Grilled Garlic Cheese Grits in Light & Tasty June/July 2004, p58

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