Easy Cheddar Grits

Easy Cheddar Grits
 
Oh all right, here is the easy grits recipe. But it will not be my fault if you make these one cold December morning and need new pants in a bigger size come March. It will not. Save this for special occasions . . . like right before a long hibernation, maybe.
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Ingredients
  • 1 cup instant grits (Real southerners will tell you that instant grits are a sin. But since I am not a real southerner, I won’t and you will never be the wiser.)
  • Pint of heavy cream (You won’t need it all but you might want some in your coffee, too. Why not go all the way, while you’re at this?)
  • Bunch of scallions
  • Hunk of or ⅓–½ cup cheddar cheese, grated
  • A little good Parmesan Reggiano for sprinkling
Instructions
  1. Make a cup of grits according to the recipe on the instant box, only don’t use water. Nosiree. Stir in cream. Yep, cream. Just drizzle it in a little at a time. They will soak up the cream and need more. You can use half cream and half milk or half cream and finish with half-and-half. But what you want is thick and sinfully rich. With instant, this is the only way to achieve it.
  2. In another pan, sauté a bunch of finely chopped scallions in butter or oil.
  3. When the grits are almost cooked through, add the scallions and the cheddar cheese. You want an aged Vermont cheddar for this. Or you could use a Cheshire from West River Creamery in Vermont called Londonderry. It is a traditional clothbound Cheshire that will make this so good you will cry. They do a farmhouse cheddar, called Cambridge, that is also rich and tangy. I get them at the farmer’s market, but I bet you can get them on the web, too.
  4. When the grits are cooked all the way through, add salt and freshly ground pepper to taste and pour everything into a pie pan. Sprinkle the Parm on top and bake in a 350ºF oven for about 30 minutes, or until golden and bubbly, whichever comes sooner.
  5. Remove it from the oven and let it settle. In a few minutes, you will be able to slice it like pie. People will think you slaved for hours. They will praise you over and over and then they will need a little nap.

 

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