Amy Grant's Favorite Cheese Grits

This recipe is a holiday tradition in the popular singer-songwriter's family.

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Cheese grits in a bowl

My grandmother Zell Grant made her trademark cheese grits as a side dish for family dinners, including Thanksgiving and Christmas.

"One thing that we always have for Christmas is cheese grits," Grant told "In fact, we normally have several casserole dishes filled with cheese grits. We always have a big Christmas morning breakfast⁠—eggs, bacon, sausage, toast ,etc. and then just graze all day. We don’t sit down to a big Christmas eve or Christmas night meal."


4 c. water

1 c. milk

1 c. Quaker Quick Grits

2 6-oz. packages Kraft garlic cheese spread, sliced*

1 tsp. salt

½ c. butter

2 eggs

½ c. cubed paprika


1. Heat oven to 300°F. Boil water in a saucepan. Add grits and salt. Cook for 3 to 5 minutes, stirring occasionally.

2. Meanwhile, beat eggs with milk in a separate bowl. Add cheese, butter, milk-and-egg mixture to grits. Stir until melted. Pour into a 2-quart casserole dish.

3. Bake 45 minutes or until top is golden brown. Sprinkle with paprika.

Serves 6

*If you can't find garlic cheese spread, substitute 1½ cups cubed Velveeta and 1 teaspoon minced garlic.

Nutritional Information:  Calories: 470; Fat: 33g; Cholesterol: 85mg; Sodium: 800mg; Total Carbohydrates: 33g; Dietary Fiber: 3g; Sugars: 7g; Protein: 10g.

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