Grits Cakes

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  • 4 cups cooked grits
  • 1 tablespoon chopped garlic
  • 1/2 cup grated, sharp Cheddar cheese
  • 2 tablespoons chopped fresh chives
  • 2 tablespoons butter room temperature, divided
  • hot pepper sauce to taste


  1. Butter a 9”x5”x2 ½” loaf pan and line it with parchment paper or aluminum foil. Stir hot grits, garlic, cheese, chives, and 2 TBSP of butter together. Season to taste with hot sauce. Pour the grits into the pan and refrigerate until chilled and firm.
  2. When ready to serve, unmold the grits and slice them into 8 squares or cut with cookies cutters into shapes. Heat the remaining butter in a heavy-bottomed nonstick frying pan over medium-high heat. Cook the grits cakes for 5 minutes on each side, or until golden and heated through.
  3. These can be frozen before or after cooking.


Variation: Cut into tiny bite-sized circles. Cakes can be topped with bourbon mayonnaise and country ham at your next holiday shindig.