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Cheese Grit-and-Chive Muffins

Photo: Cedric Angeles; Styling: Buffy Hargett Miller

Hands-on time 15 mins
Total time 45 mins

Makes about 2 dozen


  • Butter
  • 1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 2 large eggs
  • 3/4 cup buttermilk
  • 1/2 cup butter, melted
  • 1 cup cooked grits
  • 1 cup grated sharp Cheddar cheese
  • 1 tablespoon chopped fresh chives
  • Ground red pepper

How to Make It

  1. Preheat oven to 350°. Lightly grease 24 cups of a miniature muffin pan with butter.

  2. Whisk together flour and next 3 ingredients in a large bowl. Whisk together eggs, buttermilk, and melted butter in another bowl. Fold grits into egg mixture. Add grits mixture to flour mixture, and stir well. Stir in cheese, chives, and a healthy pinch of ground red pepper to taste.

  3. Spoon batter into muffin cups, filling about three-fourths full. Bake for 30 to 35 minutes or until muffins are golden brown and separating from edges of pan.