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Grits with Caramelized Onions and Cheese

Serves 4

If you are not a grits lover, try this recipe. I admit that grits, by itself, has little or no flavor. Adding vegetables, cheese and seasonings turns an otherwise bland grain into a flavorful side dish. Serve in place of rice, pasta or potatoes for a nice change with your next meal. See the similar and related recipes for additional grits recipes.


Heat a medium saucepan over medium-high heat. Add 2 tablespoons of butter and swirl to coat bottom of pan. Add the onions and sauté until golden brown, about 5 minutes. Add the water and bring to a brisk boil. Gradually whisk in the grits, breaking up any lumps that form. Reduce heat to medium-low, cover, and cook until grits are thickened, about 5 minutes. (You do not want this too thick at this point, so add a little water if needed.) Remove from heat. Stir in the cheese, remaining tablespoon of butter, parsley, additional salt and lots of freshly ground pepper. Serve immediately.