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Recipe by: Lisa Prince

Christmas Thyme Grits

A fabulous recipe that can be prepped up to a day ahead of your meal!  These grits are cheesy and delicious with just a hint of thyme to give them a great flavor.

Servings: 8
Cook Time: Prep Time: 15 minutes; Total Time: 1 hour and 15 minutes
Meal Type: Side Dish
NC Ingredients: Eggs, Dairy, Bacon

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cups water
cup quick-cooking grits, uncooked
cups shredded sharp Cheddar cheese
eggs, lightly beaten
cup reduced-fat milk
teaspoon dried thyme
teaspoon garlic powder
pound bacon, cooked and crumbled, divided


Bring water to a boil; stir in grits. Return to boil, reduce heat to low and cook 6 minutes, stirring often, until grits are a thick consistency. Add cheese, stirring until melted. Combine eggs, milk, thyme, garlic powder and half of crumbled bacon; stir well. Gradually stir about ¼ of hot grits into egg mixture; add to remaining hot mixture, stirring constantly. Pour into lightly greased 11×7 inch baking dish. Top with remaining half of bacon. Cover and refrigerate overnight.

To serve: Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Bake 50-55 minutes or until a knife inserted in the center comes out clean.


Recipes found on this page are from Got to Be NC members, staff, industry partners and Stove Side Chats. Stove Side Chats is Got to Be NC’s cooking show hosted by restaurant marketing specialist Chad Blackwelder. This series invites chefs and home cooks from around the state to teach you how to cook with in-season North Carolina deliciousness.