Grits Gouda Bake

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 Can I let y'all in on a little secret? As a child I hated grits. Hated them. *I'll now pause while everyone shows shock and awe and calls me a Southern fraud* Are we all good now? Lemme explain. Grits are one of those things that if you do't cook 'em right you are in a for a big ol' mess. They will be grainy and rough. If you  let 'em get cold then they are hard and nasty. As a little one I don't think a week went by were we didn't have them.I blame my Daddy. They're cheap and easy. He ate them all the time as a kid as well. They were rural and poor. He told me he found ways to make them bearable. He smothered them in jelly. He didn't have much choice. He didn't eat eggs. He said one mornin' his chore was to get the eggs outta the chicken coop. He did and as soon as the eggs hit they air they hardened. It was all over from that moment. No more eggs for him. 

But anyway back to grits. So, as a child I was my Daddy's minnie me. He smothered his grits in jelly. I smothered my grits in jelly. That doesn't mean I enjoyed them. I hit a point and was all NO MORE grits. We ate 'em for what seemed like every dang meal. Not really but y'all get the point. They are a Southern staple. As I started to get older someone introduced me to cheese grits. It was a game changer y'all. A game changer. It was then that I realized my parents were tourtin' me with grits and jelly. But God love 'em they didn't know any better. 

I just love this recipe cause who does't... It's also perfect for the holidays. I don't know about y'all but we get lots of family at the holidays. A meal like this feeds many for breakfast. I was given this recipe by a family friend Ms. Martha. I think it's a twist on an old Paula Dean recipe. Y'all enjoy and if you try it let me know how it goes. 
Ingredients:
10 slices of bacon chopped
2 cups of corn
4 cups of chicken broth
1 1/4 cooking grits
1/2 cup heavy whipping cream
2 cups of shredded Gouda
1/2 cup chopped green onion
2 eggs
1/2 teaspoon salt



Directions:
1. Cook corn and bacon in a skillet. Once cooked drain and chop the bacon
2. Have oven pre-heatin' at 350.
3. Bring the chicken broth to a boil.
4. Once boilin' slowly stir in the grits and lower the temp. Simmer for about 5 minutes or until it gets thick
5. Mix in the heavy and remove from heat. Now add the cheese, green onions and the bacon/corn.
6. Mix in the eggs and salt.
7. Put in a greased bakin' dish
8. Bake for about 40 minutes or until the cheese is melted and the dish has turned a golden brown.
9. If you have any onions left feel free to add them on top and enjoy. 

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20 comments

  1. ''It was then that I realized my parents were tourtin' me with grits and jelly." hahaha. When I was dating this kid from South Caroline way back when his mom made me try some grits. yuck. I've been tempted to try cheese grits though, but haven't managed it as of yet =)

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  2. oh my gosh, bacon, corn, cheese?! Sounds delicious! And I totally agree, grits can be great, but if they're cooked poorly... yuck.

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  3. OH! I def pinned this to try. I pray it comes out right. Thanks for sharing.

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  4. No bacon for me but that looks pretty darn good. I never thought about baking grits into anything. I have a feeling most grits haters would be OK with this sort of dish. (although I do love my one friend who laments that they taste like "rocks and jellyfish")!

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  5. Holy yum! This looks like the ultimate comfort food to me! I'm going to have to try this one for sure! Thanks!

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  6. I'm a massive grits fan, definitely have to try this out!

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  7. Looks like the perfect amount of cheese! Sharing.

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  8. This sounds like it would be really yummy. I like grits with lots of sugar and lots of butter, but I haven't had any since I went grain-free.

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  9. If I was on death row, this would be my last meal. It looks amazing!

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  10. Gasp! How could you not like grits? Just teasing... I totally get about grits being nasty if not cooked right and I absolutely refused to lay a hand on a cold mound of grits!

    Love the recipe! Pinning!
    ~ Ashley

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  11. I've never tried grits, but this looks super good! :]

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  12. My kind of grits is completely different than this!! Haha, but still looks super yummy!!

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  13. Oh, cheese grits are basically the food of the gods. As a child, I never had anything but plain buttered grits, which were okay, but I fell in LOVE with grits when I discovered cheese in my grits. This looks delicious!!

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  14. This looks and sounds so good. I love grits!

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  15. HOLY DELICIOUS! I WANT THIS RIGHT NOW! I am yelling that in my head right now! :D Mmmmmm

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  16. Oh dear. I do NOT need this at all but my word it looks yummy!!!

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  17. Holy delish!! This looks and sounds incredible! Definitely making asap! Thank you for sharing!!

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  18. I've never had grits ever (or at least I think I haven't) but this looks delicious:)

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