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pimento cheese grits served in a gray crock with melted cheddar and chives sprinkled on top
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Pimento Cheese Grits

Pimento cheese grits will tickle any southern food lover. This creamy, cheesy side is so good served as a side dish to a big breakfast or even a barbecue. Whenever you make them, you won't be able to wait to dive right in!
Prep Time5 mins
Cook Time15 mins
Total Time20 mins
Course: Breakfast, Brunch, Dinner
Cuisine: American, Southern
Servings: 2
Calories: 549kcal


  • 4 cups water
  • 1 cup grits NOT the quick cooking variety
  • salt & pepper to taste
  • cream if needed
  • 1 1/2 tbsp butter softened
  • 1/2 cup pimento cheese
  • 1/4 tsp garlic powder
  • pinch smoked paprika
  • shredded cheddar cheese for garnish
  • chopped chives for garnish


  • In a large heavy bottoms pot, or Dutch oven, add the water. Bring the pot to a boil, and once boiling stir in the grits.
  • Lower the heat to medium low, cover, and let the grits simmer for 15-20 minutes (stirring occasionally) until they're tender. Add a bit of water if needed to prevent the grits from sticking to the pot and burning if too much cooks off- just a bit, and only if needed to prevent burning.
  • Remove the pot from heat and stir in the butter, a splash of cream, and season the grits with salt & pepper to taste.
  • Add the pimento cheese, paprika, and garlic powder, stirring until the cheese is melted and evenly incorporated.
  • Spoon into bowls, and top with shredded cheese and chives before serving.


Calories: 549kcal | Carbohydrates: 70g | Protein: 7g | Fat: 23g | Saturated Fat: 11g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 2g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 55mg | Sodium: 713mg | Potassium: 114mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 6g | Vitamin A: 967IU | Vitamin C: 4mg | Calcium: 234mg | Iron: 1mg