My family loves grits, we do live in Oklahoma after all, and grits are a staple in many kitchens here.
Growing up in Oregon, I never ate grits. They were quite foreign to me when I first moved to Oklahoma, but since the rest of my family enjoys them, I have learned to cook and actually like them.
However, if I am going to eat grits, I want them doctored up a bit, well actually a lot. So, when I saw a recipe for Baked Cheese Grits that used the Holland House Sherry Cooking Wine, I knew that I wanted to try it. Adding wine to grits is certainly a way to doctor them up.
Usually when I use wine in cooking I stick to basic white or red wine, but when I received a box of Holland House products to review, I was amazed at the variety of products that they had available, so the idea of using some of their products in grits intrigued me.
I changed the recipe up some and also added bacon, because bacon makes everything better, doesn’t it? And we loved these grits.
These grits could really be served as a main dish, side dish, and even for breakfast or lunch. I really enjoyed the flavor the grits had just from adding a little wine to them.
Baked Cheese and Bacon Grits
- 4 cups water
- 1 cup regular white grits, not quick grits( I used stone ground yellow grits)
- 2 cups shredded cheddar cheese
- 4 tablespoons butter
- 3 tablespoons Holland House Sherry Cooking Wine
- 1 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce
- ½ teaspoon salt
- ½ teaspoon hot sauce
- 3 large eggs, beaten
- 6 slices bacon, cooked
- Preheat oven to 325 degrees.
- Bring water to a boil in a large saucepan. Add grits, stirring well. Cook 2-3 minutes or until grits start to thicken. This will take closer to 7-9 minutes if using stone ground grits.
- Blend in remaining ingredients, except eggs and bacon.
- Add 1-2 spoonfuls of hot grits to eggs and stir well. Repeat several times until eggs are warm. Stir eggs into saucepan.
- Cut bacon up into small pieces. Stir into grits.
- Pour mixture into a 2-quart baking dish. Bake 45 to 50 minutes or until top is golden.
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I was provided with Holland House products to review and was compensated for my time and ingredients to write this post. However my thoughts and opinions are my own.