Happy Friday, friends! How has your week been? With fall and the holidays upon us, I have been in the kitchen creating some yummy recipes to bring to the blog like these Smoked Gouda Cheese Grits. Ya’ll these are absolutely delicious and would be a great side dish for so many meals like the Crockpot Mississippi Pot Roast I just posted last week! Fred has already requested it again this weekend and said it’s now his favorite recipe on this blog! My mother-in-law told me about these Gouda Grits after she had them at a luncheon where everyone raved over them. After she gave me the recipe, we were out at a restaurant and they were on the menu, so I decided to give them a try without having to cook them myself! I couldn’t believe how flavorful they were and what a different flavor profile it gave to the traditional cheddar cheese grits. Using Gouda in lieu of Cheddar really fancies this southern staple up and would also be a great substitute in Mac n Cheese!!! A lot of people get worried about cooking grits, because we all know we’ve all at some point had them lumpy. It’s so easy to achieve the creamy and silky texture though, so don’t be afraid to try if you’ve never cooked grits. You just have to make sure you salt the water first before putting the grits in and then constantly whisk them. By continuously stirring, it will release starch to reach that desired smooth texture every time!Since Gouda is aged it has a strong flavor that is sharp yet sweet, which is a killer combination to add into grits! The color of the cheese is like a burnt orange depending on how long it has been aged and brings a fun nutty color to the grits. It looks and taste almost like a sweet yet salty piece of butterscotch and pairs well with so many types of meat.
I love anything spicy and when I was searching for Gouda in the deli, I saw this Boar’s Head Spicy Gouda and knew I would want to try out the recipes with this as well and it did not disappoint. If you are a lover of spicy foods try this version, too! I love them both ways, and either are a great way to switch up a classic side dish. I paired these Spicy Gouda Grits with Crockpot Short Ribs that I’ll be posting on Monday, but the spicy would not go well with the above Mississippi Pot Roast, because it already has a kick. Next time, I’m going to throw in some shrimp to create some amazing shrimp and grits! Yummmmmm!
Have you tried Gouda Grits before? If not, give this recipe a try and let me know what you think! It is a savory dish that’s quick and easy to make that will have everyone asking what is in these
- 2 cups chicken broth (or stock)
- 1 cup (4 oz.) Deli smoked Gouda (or Gruyère) cheese, shredded
- 1 cup quick-cooking grits
- 1/2 cup whipping cream
- 1/2 cup buttermilk (can substitute milk)
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- 1/8 teaspoon pepper
- Place broth in medium saucepan, add salt and bring to a boil.
- Shred cheese with grater.
- Whisk grits into broth in batches, and reduce heat to low.
- Simmer and stir continuously for 8–10 minutes or until silky and creamy.
- Remove from heat and stir in cheese, salt and pepper.
- Double the recipe for large gatherings and to serve a crowd for a hearty side dish.