- 3 cups water
- 2 cups milk
- 1 small onion, minced
- 2 garlic cloves, minced
- 2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- 1 cup grits (not instant)
- 1/2 cup shredded sharp cheddar
- 4 scallions, thinly sliced
- 1/2 teaspoon finely chopped thyme
- In a large saucepan, combine the water, milk, onion, garlic, olive oil and salt, and bring to a boil. Simmer over moderate heat until the onion and garlic are softened, about 3 minutes. Return to a boil and whisk in the grits. Cook over low heat, stirring frequently with a wooden spoon, until the grits are tender, about 25 minutes. Add the cheese, scallions and thyme and stir until the cheese has melted. Transfer to bowls and serve.
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Congratulations to Mei Lin, winner of Top Chef Season 12.