It's a great day when my mom serves up this Southern specialty! Cooked grits are combined with seasonings, cheese, and eggs, then baked. The eggs are the secret to light fluffy grits that melt in your mouth! You may adjust or eliminate the hot sauce to suit your taste.

Recipe Summary

prep:
15 mins
cook:
1 hr 11 mins
additional:
4 mins
total:
1 hr 30 mins
Servings:
12
Yield:
12 servings
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Ingredients

12
Original recipe yields 12 servings
The ingredient list now reflects the servings specified
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Directions

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  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C). Lightly grease a 9x13 inch baking dish.

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  • In a medium saucepan, bring the water to a boil. Stir in grits, and reduce heat to low. Cover, and cook 5 to 6 minutes, stirring occasionally. Mix in the butter, cheese, seasoning salt, Worcestershire sauce, hot pepper sauce, and salt. Continue cooking for 5 minutes, or until the cheese is melted. Remove from heat, cool slightly, and fold in the eggs. Pour into the prepared baking dish.

  • Bake 1 hour in the preheated oven, or until the top is lightly browned.

Nutrition Facts

258 calories; protein 8.9g 18% DV; carbohydrates 6.1g 2% DV; fat 22.3g 34% DV; cholesterol 107.3mg 36% DV; sodium 1140.9mg 46% DV. Full Nutrition

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Most helpful positive review

Rating: 5 stars
04/18/2006
I've made these several times now with a few changes: I use cheddar/Jack cheeses instead of processed, and I double the hot sauce (Tapatio) and omit the seasoning salt; I also leave out the eggs, as they just don't seem necessary. What I want to point out is that this can really be a one-dish meal. It's not necessary to cook everything atop the stove and then transfer to a baking dish for the oven. I simply throw all the ingredients together in a baking dish, then toss it in the oven. After about half an hour, I stir well, then let it go for another half hour or so. The grits are cooked to perfection, and I just made a very easy, quick meal! My family loves it, so on occasion, I throw it together for dinner. The ease of it all makes me happy, and they're happy 'cause they like it so much! Read More
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Most helpful critical review

Rating: 3 stars
03/28/2011
good but tasted eggy Read More
(5)
238 Ratings
  • 5 star values: 170
  • 4 star values: 46
  • 3 star values: 13
  • 2 star values: 7
  • 1 star values: 2
Rating: 5 stars
04/18/2006
I've made these several times now with a few changes: I use cheddar/Jack cheeses instead of processed, and I double the hot sauce (Tapatio) and omit the seasoning salt; I also leave out the eggs, as they just don't seem necessary. What I want to point out is that this can really be a one-dish meal. It's not necessary to cook everything atop the stove and then transfer to a baking dish for the oven. I simply throw all the ingredients together in a baking dish, then toss it in the oven. After about half an hour, I stir well, then let it go for another half hour or so. The grits are cooked to perfection, and I just made a very easy, quick meal! My family loves it, so on occasion, I throw it together for dinner. The ease of it all makes me happy, and they're happy 'cause they like it so much! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
09/05/2006
Great recipe! This is one where you can cut back on the sodium and calories without really missing them. In keeping with the way I grew up eating grits (as a foil for richer foods) I omitted the seasoned salt and used half the cheese (sharp cheddar instead of processed to keep the flavor) and reduced the butter to 1/4 cup. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
04/07/2007
This recipe is our family's favorite cheese grits recipe. Fluffy and wonderful! Only use 1/2 tsp of salt though. Last year we (30 of us) did a side by side comparison at Easter with the original recipe and a reduced fat version. I used this recipe and made it with half the amount of butter and light processed cheese and everyone liked the lower fat version better than the original. Just an option. It is also wonderful made with grated sharp cheddar cheese instead of the processed cheese. Great recipe Mollie! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
08/12/2006
YEEEHAWWWWWWWW! A while back my husband spent some time in the south (helping clean up after Hurricane Katrina). While he was there he called me and told me that he and the rest of the crew had gone to Lulu's Diner (don't quote me on the name of the diner because the memory is not great here) in Baton Rouge Louisiana and he had had "THE BEST GRITS" he's ever had in his "ENTIRE LIFE". As you've probably guessed my huband is "a grits man". Anyway to make a long story short I felt it was my duty to "one up" Lulu's. So I printed out this recipe and made it for my husband upon his return home. BAM! These are now "THE BEST GRITS MY HUSBAND HAS EVER HAD IN HIS ENTIRE LIFE". Try them! They are FAB. Bake them if you must but we just eat them right out of the pan. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
11/09/2005
I cooked this recipe for a bridesmaids' brunch. We were preparing for over 20 people so I doubled the recipe. Per previous reviews I reduced the amount of butter-in fact I used "I Can't Believe It's Butter" to reduce fat content. I used less process cheese per other reviews and used Light Velveeta. I did not add hot sauce because my friend does not like spicy. I omitted the additional salt per other reviews. I cooked the grits in a pot on the stove and then mixed in all additional ingredients. I tempered the eggs (mixed some of hot grits into beaten eggs) before adding to the entire mix so as not to have scrambled eggs! Per another reviewer I baked in the removable crock pottery for a little less than an hour til top was golden. Then transported in crock pot to destination and kept on warm setting. It was a hit! So if you need to take this dish to another location using a crock pot is the perfect solution. Lots of compliments. Thanks for the recipe and all the wonderful review suggestions!! Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
09/16/2010
I made these using some of the hints from previous reveiwers. I used 1/2 stick butter instead of 3/4 and 1 tsp. less of salt. My husband really liked them but all I could taste was the Worcestershire sauce. He wants me to make them with some bacon next time. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
06/23/2003
Made this recipe this morning for a brunch at work. It was easy to put together and it was baking while I got ready for work. Everyone who had some loved them. The stoneware part of my crock pot comes out so to make sure they would be hot for the brunch I cooked them in the stoneware part of my crockpot in the oven then put the stoneware in the warming part took the whole thing to work plugged it in and put on keep warm setting. This is a VERY RICH recipe. Don't even want to add up the fat grams but was very good. I'll definitely make this again. Next time I'll use light Velveta and a low fat margarine. Thank you Mollie. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
03/30/2003
Very good! Since it was just me and my husband I scaled this for 6--used a 7 x 10 inch baking dish and it was just right. I also only cooked it about 40 minutes and it was lightly browned and creamy. I will be making this often especially in the colder months! Thanks Mollie for this great recipe! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
07/21/2006
My husband thinks these are the best grits ever. I've made them 3 times now once for a church dinner where they were devoured. Serve it as a side dish as a delicious alternate for potatoes. This recipe is a winner and one I will make again & again. Thanks Mollie! Read More
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Rating: 3 stars
03/28/2011
good but tasted eggy Read More
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