Cheese Grits #SummerYum 92

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July 1, 2015Danita
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Cheese Grits #SummerYum 92

With the July 4th holiday coming this weekend, many folks will be planning one of two things….a cookout or a picnic!

When you say the work “cookout” at our house, it means burgers, but “picnic” can only mean one thing…Fried Chicken!  So, each year when we get together with friends for our July 4th picnic I bring Fried Chicken.  However, last year was a near disaster!

I got up early, to allow plenty of time for frying the chicken, got myself all dressed and ready and starting preparing the chicken.  The oil was hot, chicken battered and plenty of time was on the clock.  The first couple of pieces went into the fryer and about a minute later……THE ELECTRICITY WENT OFF!  No thunderstorm, no loud crash, no warning whatsoever…just NO power!

“Maybe it will come right back on.” I thought hopefully.  No, it was NOT to be!  It didn’t take long before all my extra time was gone and there was nothing but raw chicken to take to this picnic.  What to do?!

Fried chicken #Summeryum

Thankfully, between our house and the picnic location is our local Walmart, where Fried Chicken abounds! Everything from individual cups of popcorn chicken to 100 piece boxes can be purchased.  Although, they need a head’s up if you’re ordering in bulk, otherwise you may be in for a LONG wait.  

Fried Chicken and Cheese Grits #SummerYum

I love purchasing the 8 piece grab and go for family dinners.  It tastes like homemade and much easier.  

Fried chicken #Summeryum

The deli at our Walmart is right by the front entrance so I smell Fried Chicken as soon as I walk in!  It’s very tempting and I have been known to pick up a chicken finger (or two) for myself, before leaving.  We Southerners just can not resist a good piece of Fried Chicken! 

Great Fried Chicken calls for a great side, so today I’m sharing my recipe for a truly Southern side dish…..Cheese Grits.

In Georgia and Florida (and probably other southern states) Cheese Grits are always served at a fish fry, but they go just as well with Fried Chicken.  They can also be served for breakfast, add shrimp for the perfect Shrimp and Grits dinner, or put them in a crock pot and take them to a pot luck picnic.  

Here’s the Recipe:

  • 2 1/2 c water
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 1/2 c grits (not quick or instant)
  • 1/2 c cheddar cheese – shredded
  • 1/2 c Monterrey Jack cheese – shredded
  • 1/4 c half and half
  • 2 tsp butter or margarine
  • pepper to taste

Fried chicken and cheese grits #SummerYum

Bring water to a boil in a medium sauce pan

Add salt and whisk in grits

Fried chicken and cheese grits #SummerYum

Cover and simmer, stirring occasionally, about 10 minutes or until thickened

Properly cooked grits should not be soupy, nor should they be as thick as oatmeal

Fried chicken and cheese grits #SummerYum

Remove from heat and add remaining ingredients

Whisk until smooth

Fried chicken and cheese grits #SummerYum

Be sure to check out your local Walmart deli for delicious fresh fried chicken! 

I’d love to hear about your July 4th plans!

Cheese Grits
Serves 4
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Prep Time
10 min
Cook Time
10 min
Total Time
25 min
Prep Time
10 min
Cook Time
10 min
Total Time
25 min
Ingredients
  1. 2 1/2 c water
  2. 1/4 tsp salt
  3. 1/2 c grits (not quick or instant)
  4. 1/2 c cheddar cheese – shredded
  5. 1/2 c Monterrey Jack cheese – shredded
  6. 1/4 c half and half
  7. 2 tsp butter or margarine
  8. pepper to taste
Instructions
  1. Bring water to a boil in medium sauce pan
  2. Add salt and whisk in grits
  3. Cover and simmer, stirring occasionally, about 10 minutes or until thickened
  4. Remove from heat and add remaining ingredients
  5. Whisk until smooth
Notes
  1. Properly cooked grits should not be soupy, nor should they be as thick as oatmeal
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2 Comments

  • Sarah B

    July 1, 2015 at 3:48 PM

    I love grits! Unfortunately, they are bit hard to come by up here in New England (a few chain restaurants have them, but they are just OK) I’ll have to try your recipe! Perfect to pair with fried chicken! (client)

    1. Danita

      July 1, 2015 at 4:45 PM

      I understand completely. We lived in PA for 10 yrs and my mom would bring me grit when she’d come for a visit. I did find them there once at the health food store. Of course, we laughed out loud! Eaten properly, there’s not much “healthy” about grits.

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