Toasted Garlic Grits

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  • Yield 6 servings

Toasted garlic grits are a traditional Creole brunch dish that also make a cozy dinner.

Toasted Garlic Grits Recipe
Mark Boughton Photography / styling by Teresa Blackburn

Sautéing the garlic until light brown adds a sweet, toasty flavor to the grits.


1 teaspoon butter
2 garlic cloves, minced
2 cups water
1/2 cup stone-ground grits
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
1 egg
1/4 cup half-and-half
Shredded Cheddar cheese (optional)


  1. Preheat oven to 350F. Butter a 1 1/2-quart casserole dish.
  2. Melt butter in a medium saucepan over medium heat. Add garlic and sauté until golden brown. (Watch carefully as garlic goes from brown to burned in a flash). Add water and stir in grits, salt and pepper. Bring to a boil, reduce heat, and simmer until thick and creamy, about 20 minutes. Remove from heat and let cool slightly.
  3. Beat egg with half-and-half. Add to grits, stirring well. Pour into a baking dish. Top with cheese, if using.
  4. Bake about 20 minutes, until puffed and golden. Serve with Braised Round Steak.