Bacon-Cheddar Grits


  • 4 slices bacon, finely chopped
  • 1 jalapeno, finely chopped
  • 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 cheese


  1. In a medium saucepan, cook the bacon and the jalapeno over medium, stirring occasionally, until bacon is browned, about 8 minutes.
  2. With a slotted spoon, transfer the mixture to a small bowl.
  3. Remove pan from heat and carefully add 4 1/2 cups water.
  4. Bring liquid to a boil over high and whisk in the grits until mixture begins to thicken
  5. Reduce heat to low and gently simmer, stirring occasionally to prevent sticking, 25 minutes or until creamy.
  6. Season with salt and pepper and add three-fourths the bacon mixture.
  7. Pour into a 2-quart serving dish and top with 1/2 cup cheddar cheese and remaining bacon mixture.



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