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Friday, July 23, 2010

Baked Cheese Grits

We were invited to a Saturday Night Brunch at a friends house. We were to bring a breakfast or brunch dish, and to wear our pajamas. Now that's what I'm talking about - yes! I love a good brunch and eating in comfortable clothes!

The dish I brought was baked cheese grits. My daughter loves it and I've made it several times. It's very easy to throw together. I have some great recipes for brunch eggs I could make, but I figured there would be plenty of those. I was right, and my grits were a big hit. I think that was the first time for grits for a few of them. My recipes was based off from Paula Deen's you can view it here, but of course I had to make some changes for mine. I first cut the recipe in half and used water instead of broth and it turned out fine.

Here are few other changes as well,
•3 cups water
•1/2 teaspoon salt
•1/4 teaspoon white pepper
•1/4 teaspoon garlic powder
•1 cups regular grits
•4 ounces Cheddar, cubed
•4 ounces Velveeta, cubed
•1/4 cup milk
•1 egg, beaten
•1/4 cup (1/2 stick) unsalted butter (I used less)
•1/2 teaspoon Penzey's Parisien Bonnes Herbes I mixed my own when I finished Penzey's(chives, dill weed, French basil, French tarragon, chervil and white pepper)
•8 ounces grated sharp white Cheddar

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. Grease a 2-quart casserole dish.

Bring the water, salt, pepper, and garlic powder to a boil in a 2-quart saucepan. Stir in the grits and whisk until completely combined. Reduce the heat to low and simmer until the grits are thick, about 8 to 10 minutes. Add the cubed Cheddar, Velveeta, herbs and milk and stir. Gradually stir in the eggs and butter, stirring until all are combined. Pour the mixture into the prepared casserole dish. Top with the white Cheddar and bake for 35 to 40 minutes or until set.

I think I let it go a little too long, the top browned, but I like it like that, and you can make your's look nicer. I dusted it with a little dried herbs and finishing salt. If you have some fresh chives that would work well too! Or not, it would be fine as is. The first time we had this, it was for dinner, then Maranda warmed up for breakfast the next day.

I brought it in a slow cooker that kept it nice and warm for the brunch.

It's on the counter plugged in behind the tall girl in her PJs. They had a lot of good food!

This lady was so funny, she came with curlers in her hair and stuffed a pack of cigarettes in her gown just for the effect! She had to shop at the thrift shops to find the right nightgown. :D

The couple on the left said their kids were surprised how they were dressed to go out. With her in her robe and he had on boxers, socks, with his undone tux shirt and bow tie. So clever!

Our host with his elegant, smoking jacket type robe on!
Oh darn, I didn't get a picture of us! Well maybe next time! Hope you all have a great weekend!!


  1. Looks like a lot of fun! I adore cheese grits--I'm making these!

  2. Know what? I've never had grits. But because of this recipe, I'm about to give them a try!

  3. Those cheese grits look delicious! I'll bookmark this recipe.
    And Lyndsey, how come I can't see a picture of you? Must be fun ;D

  4. I so wish I had been at that party, it looks a blast! The only place I've ever had grits has been Cracker Barrel. They seem to give them to you whether you want them or not down south, lol. I must say yours look a million times better. Now if they served yours, I'd eat them!

  5. That's one fun party! I LOVE grits and your recipe sounds great! Have you ever eaten stone-ground grits? They're even better with a little crunch!!!

    BTW, I was hoping to see a pic of you and your other half! ;)

  6. oh how I love grits, and cheese grits are just heavenly.....I don't get them often, my wife hates them....sigh

  7. Lyndsey, one day maybe I will get to taste grits. There are many recipes for them, which I just get to look at the pictures and never taste. There may be something similar here but I have no idea what it would be called. Diane

  8. looks delicious! and the party looks so fun! I have never attended a pyjamas party before.

  9. THank you for sharing all these pictures with us .. I feel I was at the party too!

  10. Lyndsey I love this type of food are nice! and waht really fun party! huggs gloris

  11. oh wow great dish and cool party I want to see u!

  12. Seems like a fantastic event. Love the baked cheese grits. Cooked to cheesy perfection.

  13. What a fun party! Great idea and especially with guests bring breakfast and brunch foods. Love your recipe, definitely going to try it!

  14. Baked grits looks so tempting! A fun pajamas party!

  15. I discovered cheese grits while in Vicksburg, Mississipi; love them ! did not know they could be baked, that is a great method, by the way; sounds like a fun time!

  16. that's the type of party I'll be suggesting to some of my friends who otherwise make fancy smanzy cocktail parties. If I'd be able to go in PJs...I might be coaxed to go more often ;o)
    Your recipe looks quite interesting...however, I have to admit that grits have never truly turned me on. Maybe, I ate the wrong dish?

    Have yourself a pleasant week,

  17. I've never had grits before. Looks so delicious!

  18. That is so much fun! I am still waiting for my friend to drive me to the American wholeseller so I can get some grit. It looks delicious!

  19. Oh Lyndz, almost miss this post! This baked cheese grits looks great. I like the top a little brown as well. It smell better, right? Wow, pajamas party! hehe.... I wanna see you dressed up! Come on show me yours! Guess you had a great time there. Enjoy your day, darling.
    Cheers, Kristy

  20. These look so good, but I haven't learned to love grits yet. Maybe this is the recipe that will do it for me!

  21. What a fun idea for a dinner party! I've never made baked cheese grits before but yours look delicious. I did make shrimp and grits once but it didn't taste as good as it sounded when I saw it on a television show (Flip This House) whose first season took place in South Carolina.

  22. Looks like you all had a lovely time. What a wonderful idea for a party!

  23. That party sounds like a ton of fun.


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