Simple Cheesy Grits Recipe

Glorious Grits

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, several Chattanooga locals share their go-to recipes and tips for a fantastic meal.

Photography by Ryan Long Photography

“Preparing grits is a weekend tradition for our family. Everyone chips in with stirring the pot, shredding the cheese, frying the eggs, and setting the table nice and pretty. It’s always a good reminder to appreciate what’s important in life: slowing down and spending quality time with those you love… and I think there is no better way to do that than sharing a meal together. Also I just love that this meal is 100% grown by us and our friends, rooted in the land below our feet – this is pure Southern comfort.” 

-Kelsey KeenerPicture of Kelsey Keener

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Simple Cheesy Grits breakfast

Simple Cheesy Grits

Kelsey Keener
Cook Time 30 minutes
Course Breakfast
Cuisine American
Servings 8 people


  • 8 cups water
  • 1 tsp. salt
  • 2 cups Riverview Farm stone-ground grits
  • 1 tsp. black pepper
  • 1 cup Sequatchie Cove Creamery Cumberland or Croppinger cheese, shredded



  • Bring water to a boil and add the salt and grits.
  • Immediately stir to keep grits from sticking to bottom and turn heat to low.
  • The key to grits is to stir frequently – do not leave on stove longer than a few minutes without stirring or they will stick to the bottom of the pan.
  • Once grits have reached the desired consistency, typically after 20-30 minutes, turn off heat and add pepper.
  • Stir in cheese at the very end. Serve hot with bacon and eggs.
Keyword cheesy grits, simple cheesy grits, simple recipe
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