Made these for a football party today and they were a major hit! I did use a bit more bacon and also added some cayenne pepper to give them a little zing, and I served them with a side of creamy horseradish sauce for dipping...they were devoured, even amongst a myriad of other appetizers! Definitely recommend giving them a try!
Photo: Jennifer Davick; Styling: Lydia DeGaris Pursell
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Total: 4 Hours, 40 Minutes
- 1 cup uncooked quick-cooking grits
- 4 cups milk
- 1 teaspoon salt
- 1 1/2 cups (6 oz.) shredded extra-sharp white Cheddar cheese
- 1/2 cup cooked and finely crumbled bacon (about 8 slices)
- 2 green onions, minced
- 1/2 teaspoon freshly ground pepper
- 2 large eggs
- 3 cups Japanese breadcrumbs (panko)
- Vegetable oil
- 1. Prepare grits according to package directions, using 4 cups milk and 1 tsp. salt. Remove from heat, and let stand 5 minutes. Stir in cheese and next 3 ingredients, stirring until cheese is melted. Spoon mixture into a lightly-greased 8-inch square baking dish or pan, and chill 4 to 24 hours.
- 2. Roll grits into 1 1/2-inch balls. Whisk together eggs and 1/4 cup water. Dip balls in egg wash, and roll in breadcrumbs.
- 3. Pour oil to depth of 3 inches in a large, heavy skillet; heat over medium-high heat to 350°. Fry fritters, in batches, 3 to 4 minutes or until golden brown. Drain on paper towels. Keep fritters warm on a wire rack in a pan in a 225° oven up to 30 minutes. Serve warm.
- Make ahead: Prepare recipe as directed through Step 2. Cover and chill in a single layer up to 4 hours. Fry as directed. You may also prepare through Step 2 and freeze on a baking sheet for 30 minutes or until firm. Transfer to a zip-top plastic bag, and freeze. Cook frozen fritters as directed in Step 3, increasing cooking time to 5 to 6 minutes or until golden and centers are thoroughly heated.
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