Foodie Blogroll

Friday, June 20, 2014

Tomato and Cheddar Grits

We do enjoy grits at our house. It's kind of like a blank canvas that you can add so many things to What ever you like, or have on hand. So as always here is just one version that I made and enjoyed, then you can make it the way you like it.

Tomato and Cheddar Grits

  •  1 1/4 cup grits
  •  2 cups water
  • 2 cups milk
  • 1 cup marinara sauce
  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • 1 teaspoon garlic bread seasoning
  • 2 teaspoons worcestershire sauce
  • dashes of your favorite hot sauce (I used Peri Peri hot sauce)
  • 1 cup cheddar cheese

Heat up the water, milk and butter to a simmer, add the marinara sauce, worcestershire sauce and seasoning. Slowly add the grits while you are stirring so you won't get any lumps. Continue to cook on a low heat until it thickens. I like mine a little thinner, but if you like thick grits you can use 1 cup grits to 3 cups liquid (water/milk).

When it thickens add the cheese until it  melts and salt and pepper to taste. Serve warm, I garnished with some asiago shavings. Remember to rinse off the spoon before it dries and gums on the spoon!

This was very good with a fried egg. It reminded me of the Rum Tums we always eat at Christmas time. When you refrigerate the leftovers it become quite thick, I just fry it up in a pan, if you like it like polenta, you need to make it with less milk, and have a thicker grits to begin with. Then cut it in squares and fry it up. Yum!


  1. Love the marinara sauce idea for grits. Grits are always a welcome dish in my kitchen.

  2. Love marinara! This looks very tasty, Lyndsey.

  3. Hi Lindsey, did not realize that you came back to share a very unique kind of grits...which until now, had realized that it can be made different ways as a side dish, and not just the plain white which I only cooked for breakfast. I do love the idea with the marinara, and would love to try it soon!

  4. We had some grits at a local pancake house that were definitely spicy - maybe they were something like this!

  5. Now if only I knew what grits were!!!! Have a good day, Diane

  6. Now if only I knew what grits were!!!! Have a good day, Diane

  7. HI! I found this blog when I googled "Dutch banket." Saw your recipe and rejoiced! I grew up in GR and have sweet memories of the banket my grandma used to make every Christmas. I haven't lived in GR since I got married in 1968; we moved to North Carolina in 1983. I was in GR last September for my 50th high school reunion (Ottawa Hills High School, which was torn down a few years ago --- made me sad). Anyway, back to the banket. I'm going to make some in a few days. By the way, we always have grits in the house here on the farm. I'm going to follow your blog. It looks great. Come visit mine if you like! Sending blessings from here on the farm.


I would love to hear from you, please share your ideas, tips, stories or any questions or comments. Thanks for stopping by...