Creamy Dreamy White Cheddar Grits

Southern Kitchen

Serves: 12

Hands On Time: 20 minutes

Total Time: 30 minutes


6 cups water

2 cups half-and-half

3 teaspoons kosher salt

1/4 teaspoon white pepper

2 cups quick grits

1 cup grated white cheddar cheese

4 tablespoons unsalted butter, cubed


In a saucepan, combine the water, half-and-half, salt and white pepper and bring to a boil. Slowly pour grits into boiling water while whisking the entire time. (Watch out for splattering; mixture is very hot.)

Reduce the heat to low and continue to whisk often, until thick and completely smooth, about 10 minutes. Add cheese and stir gently until cheese melts. Whisk again to combine. Turn heat off and allow grits to rest 5 minutes. Add butter and stir until completely smooth, silky and shiny. Serve immediately.


Per serving: 221 calories (percent of calories from fat, 49), 6 grams protein, 23 grams carbohydrates, trace fiber, 12 grams fat (7 grams saturated), 35 milligrams cholesterol, 549 milligrams sodium.

About the recipe

Delia Champion, founder of the Flying Biscuit Cafe, has said these Creamy Dreamy White Cheddar Grits are a favorite among customers.

If you have trouble finding white cheddar, you can substitute yellow.

Recipe courtesy of Flying Biscuit Cafe in Atlanta, Ga.