Creamy Parmesan Grits


Every Southerner needs a pot of creamy, cheesy grits hidden up the sleeve for every breakfast need. Look for Parmigiano-Reggiano cheese, which adds nutty flavor and an earthy depth to the grits. If not, substitute your favorite cheese like Gouda or Cheddar. 

Creamy Parmesan Grits
Photo: Alison Miksch; Styling: Buffy Hargett Miller
Active Time:
10 mins
Total Time:
30 mins
4 to 6 servings


  • 2 teaspoons kosher salt

  • 1 cup stone-ground grits

  • 1/4 cup freshly grated Parmesan cheese

  • 2 1/2 tablespoons butter

  • 2 tablespoons heavy cream


  1. Bring salt and 1 qt. water to a boil in a medium saucepan over high heat. Whisk in grits, and cook, whisking constantly, 45 seconds. Return mixture to a boil. Cover, reduce heat to medium-low, and cook 20 minutes or until grits are tender and liquid is absorbed. Stir in cheese and butter. Stir in cream, and serve immediately.

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