To avoid midmorning hunger, I eat smart but well at breakfast. Like grits. Often cooks will enliven this hot cereal with lots of cheddar cheese and bacon as a side dish. I substitute leaner Parmesan and prosciutto to get big taste for fewer calories.

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Ingredients

4
Original recipe yields 4 servings
The ingredient list now reflects the servings specified
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Directions

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  • Microwave water until very hot, 3 to 4 minutes.

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  • Meanwhile, heat oil in a large saucepan over medium-high heat. Add prosciutto; saute until moisture evaporates and bits start to fry and crisp, about 3 minutes. Remove prosciutto; set aside.

  • Add the hot water to the empty pan and bring to a boil. Whisk in grits and salt. Simmer, uncovered, over medium-low heat until thick, about 3 to 5 minutes. Stir in prosciutto, cheese, butter and pepper to taste. Let stand to cool and allow flavors to blend, 2 to 3 minutes. Serve.

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Copyright 2005 USA WEEKEND and columnist Pam Anderson. All rights reserved.

Nutrition Facts

202.4 calories; 7.3 g protein; 23.6 g carbohydrates; 19.6 mg cholesterol; 503.7 mg sodium. Full Nutrition

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Rating: 4 stars
03/14/2006
YUMMO! What a great breakfast treat! No need for the salt and to make it even more special I placed a poached egg on top. Delish! Read More
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12 Ratings
  • 5 star values: 6
  • 4 star values: 5
  • 3 star values: 0
  • 2 star values: 0
  • 1 star values: 1
Rating: 4 stars
03/14/2006
YUMMO! What a great breakfast treat! No need for the salt and to make it even more special I placed a poached egg on top. Delish! Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
03/14/2006
YUMMO! What a great breakfast treat! No need for the salt and to make it even more special I placed a poached egg on top. Delish! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
08/04/2010
I used pancetta instead of prosciutto because the pancetta was cubed and I was tired and lazy. I also added some fresh basil. This is rich and creamy and outrageously good. Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
08/17/2006
Exceptional taste; even those not crazy about the thought of grits will give these powerful flavors a big thumbs up! Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
08/18/2005
awesome!!! my first time as a first reviewer for an allrecipe! my boyfriend & i both like grits but avoided the recipes which seemed laden with butter or cheese (or both). i followed this recipe as directed making only a couple modifications such as substituting olive oil for vegetable oil & omitting the salt because the ham & cheese are loaded with the stuff. lastly my prosciutto should have been sliced thinner but still fried up fine. next time i'll make sure it's cut paper thin. the subtle flavors in this dish mingle well together. hot cereals make wonderful comfort food. thank you pam! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
01/05/2009
Delicious even without the prosciutto if you want to make the recipes even healthier. This has become a go-to breakfast item! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
10/25/2008
I loved this recipe. I also love grits and think that most people who "hate" them have never tried them when questioned! I subbed canadian bacon for the prosciutto and it was good. But is outstanding with the prosciutto. Pancetta (italian bacon) makes it very special also. When losing weight it never hurts to splurge a little and make yourself feel special! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
02/28/2011
Very tasty. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
02/09/2011
This was great I made it for my husband this morning and he loved it. I baked the prosciutto in the oven instead of frying it. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
04/20/2012
this dish is delish. I use low sodium ham diced mighty small Read More
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