Puffy Cheese Grits

This airy grits casserole stands tall as it finishes baking. Plan to bring it straight from the oven to the table.

Yield: 12 servings
Recipe from Oxmoor House

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Ingredients

  • 1 cup milk
  • 1 cup water
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup uncooked quick-cooking grits
  • 1/3 cup unsalted butter
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground white pepper
  • 4 large egg yolks
  • 1 1/2 cups (6 oz.) shredded Monterey Jack cheese
  • 8 large egg whites
  • 1/4 teaspoon cream of tartar

Preparation

  1. Combine first 3 ingredients in a large saucepan. Bring to a boil; stir in grits. Reduce heat, and simmer 3 minutes or until thickened, stirring often. Remove from heat; add butter and pepper, stirring until butter melts. Stir in egg yolks, 1 at a time, and cheese.
  2. Beat egg whites and cream of tartar at high speed with an electric mixer until stiff peaks form. Fold one-third of beaten egg whites into grits; carefully fold in remaining egg whites. Pour into a lightly greased 13" x 9" baking dish. Bake at 425° for 20 minutes or until puffed and browned. Serve immediately.
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