Creamy Parmesan Grits


Sarah Simmons, a self-described grits fanatic, has created over 100 recipes for grits, including variations with miso, brown butter, and roasted garlic. Here she adds Parmesan, turning the Southern breakfast staple into an elegant side to serve with her short ribs or alongside pork tenderloin. Recipe from Food & Wine America's Greatest New Cooks 

Creamy Parmesan Grits
Photo: © Christina Holmes
Total Time:
40 mins
4 to 6


  • 3 tablespoons unsalted butter

  • Kosher salt

  • 1 cup stone-ground grits

  • 2 tablespoons all-purpose flour

  • 1 cup low-fat milk

  • 3/4 cup freshly grated Parmigiano-Reggiano cheese (3 ounces)

  • Freshly ground pepper


  1. In a medium saucepan, bring 3 1/2 cups of water to a boil with 1 tablespoon of the butter. Add a generous pinch of salt and gradually whisk in the grits. Cook over moderately low heat, whisking often, until the grits are thick and just tender, about 30 minutes.

  2. Meanwhile, in another medium saucepan, melt the remaining 2 tablespoons of butter. Whisk in the flour, and when it is bubbling, gradually whisk in the milk. Cook over moderate heat, whisking frequently, until thickened and no floury taste remains, 8 to 10 minutes. Stir in the grated cheese and cook until just melted, about 2 minutes.

  3. Using a rubber spatula, fold the Parmesan sauce into the grits and season with salt and pepper. Serve right away.

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