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Bacon-Cheddar Grits

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This Southern side dish pairs well with fried chicken or grilled pork and shrimp.

  • Servings: 4

Source: Everyday Food, April 2010

Ingredients

  • 4 slices bacon, finely chopped
  • 1 jalapeno, finely chopped (optional)
  • 4 1/2 cups water
  • 1 cup quick-cooking grits
  • Coarse salt and ground pepper
  • 1 cup plus another 1/2 cup grated sharp cheddar (2.5 ounces)

Directions

  1. In a medium saucepan, cook bacon and jalapeno (optional) over medium heat, stirring occasionally, until bacon is browned, about 8 minutes. With a slotted spoon, transfer bacon and jalapeno (if using) to a small bowl. Remove pan from heat and carefully add 4 1/2 cups water (fat may sputter).

  2. Bring liquid to a boil over high and whisk in grits. Whisk until mixture begins to thicken, then reduce heat to low and gently simmer, stirring occasionally to prevent sticking, 25 minutes or until creamy. Season with salt and pepper. Whisk in 1 cup grated cheddar and three-fourths the bacon mixture. Pour into a 2-quart serving dish and top with remaining cheddar and remaining bacon mixture.

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  • mcanol1hotmail
    22 JUN, 2015
    I like making grits with chicken broth in order to get a deeper flavor. I thought bacon grease much do the same here, but no. I thought the flavor in this was lacking. Not making again.
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  • laurelg1
    4 SEP, 2011
    Here’s the corrections – seems that the words that were in bold in the magazine were omitted in the online publishing: 1. In a medium saucepan, cook 4 slices finely chopped bacon, and 1 jalepeno (optional), finely chopped, over medium, stirring occasionally, until bacon is browned, about 8 minutes. With a slotted spoon, transfer bacon and jalapeno (if using) to a small bowl. Remove pan from heat and carefully add 4 1/2 cups water (fat may sputter). 2. Bring liquid to a boil over high and whisk in 1 cup quick-cooking grits. Whisk until mixture begins to thicken, then reduce heat to low and gently simmer, stirring occasionally to prevent sticking, 25 minutes or until creamy. Season with coarse salt and ground pepper. Whisk in 1 cup grated sharp cheddar (2.5 ounces) and three-fourths the bacon mixture. Pour into a 2-quart serving dish and top with 1/2 cup cheddar (1.5 ounces) and remaining bacon mixture. Serves 4.
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  • laurelg1
    4 SEP, 2011
    Yes, typos in the recipe. I had actually prepared it from the magazine. It is very good and easy to prepare. 5 stars for the food - 2 for the printing!
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  • Sudie123
    9 JUN, 2011
    This recipe is missing several key ingredients in the directions. You can figure it out but.......
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