Savory Goat Cheese Breakfast Grits Recipe

Glorious Grits

Southern Comfort Food for Any Time of Day

Whether grits are breakfast or dinner, side or main, they’re a meal that can bring up warm memories of home with family and friends gathered around the table together. Originating from a stone-milled corn dish commonly made by Native Americans, this simple comfort food can now be found on fine dining menus nationwide. Here, Chattanooga local Ashley Main shares her go-to recipes and tips for a fantastic meal.

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“Savory foods are some of my favorites for breakfast. I love making nontraditional foods for my family that are both nourishing and taste good. We are big adventurers and are always on the go, so it’s so important to fuel ourselves properly before hitting the trail, water, or whatever else we’re getting into that day.”

-Ashley Main

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Goat Cheese Grits served on a plate

Savory Goat Cheese Breakfast Grits Recipe

Ashley Main
Course Breakfast
Cuisine American
Servings 4


For the grits

  • 4 cups water
  • 1 1/2 cups grits
  • 2 Tbsp. butter
  • 1/2 cup goat cheese (plain or herbed), sliced
  • 1 pinch sea salt

For the veggies:

  • 1 Tbsp. olive oil
  • 1 cup portobello mushrooms, sliced
  • 4 cloves garlic, minced
  • 2-3 cups loose leaf spinach
  • salt, to taste

Optional toppings:

  • bacon or sausage
  • eggs


  • In a pot on medium heat, combine water and grits and cook until water is absorbed and grits are softened, about 20-30 minutes.
  • Add more water if needed.
  • Once grits are fully cooked, add butter, sliced goat cheese, and salt.
  • Stir until cheese and butter are melted.
  • While the grits are cooking, warm a pan with olive oil to medium heat.
  • Sauté mushrooms and garlic until mushrooms are tender, about 5 minutes.
  • Then add spinach and cook until slightly wilted. Add salt to taste.
  • Divide grits into bowls and top with veggies.
  • If using bacon, crumble or slice 2 pieces per bowl.
  • If using eggs, I suggest frying 2 eggs per bowl and placing them on top of veggies.
Keyword breakfast grits, glorious grits, goat cheese grits, Savory Goat Cheese Breakfast Grits
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