Gourmet Gruyere Cheese Grits

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These savory gourmet Gruyere Cheese Grits are a standout side dish that folks will rave over, and they can be made up to 3 days ahead for stress-free entertaining!

Gourmet Cheese Grits
Gourmet Cheese Grits that will become your favorite side dish.

Update: I’ve updated this post to include a few news tips and images for the BEST grits you’ll ever make!These gourmet Gruyere cheese grits are my “signature side dish.” No matter what occasion~holiday, birthday celebration, cookout or other~everyone asks me to bring these grits. They are insanely yummy, and no one ever tires of them.

The first time I ever tasted these grits, it was love at first bite:-) My friend Jill brought these to me for a new mommy meal (I’d jut given birth to Emma, my youngest). The meal was divine~pork tenders, a fabulous salad, and these grits. I asked Jill for the recipe and have been making these ever since.

Jill got the recipe from Food For Thought, a Birmingham Junior League cookbook that I bought shortly after sampling these fabulous grits. I take these grits to almost every dinner party or holiday meal. Below are some of my favorite casserole dishes and casserole insulated carriers.

Gourmet Gruyere Cheese Grits
Gourmet Cheese Grits will up level any meal.

Although these grits complement most any meat, I think they go especially well with grilled beef or pork. Some of my favorite meats to serve these grits with are below:

What’s the difference between yellow grits and white grits?

White corn produces white grits, while yellow corn produces yellow grits. There is a very slight difference in flavor between the two. White grits have higher natural sugar content, whereas yellow grits have a higher starch content. Even so, it’s not easy to tell the difference.

Are grits healthy?

Grits are high in iron and B vitamins and provide a variety of nutrients. Stone-ground types are more nutritious because the pericarp and germ have not been removed.

Here are my recommendations:

Although any grits will work in this recipe, I recommend a good quality stone ground. My favorite grits are from an Alabama gristmill~McEwen & Sons. I love their yellow and white grits as well as their fabulous cookbook, Glorious Grits,  It has over 100 recipes using stone ground grits, cornmeal, and polenta.

Make ahead: These grits are FAB for entertaining, as they can be made all the way up to the point of baking (but not baked), covered, and refrigerated for up to 3 days. When time to serve, simply remove from the fridge and bake at 350 F until hot and beginning to crisp at the edges (roughly 30-40 minutes).

Serving suggestion: The grits can be served directly from the baking dish, but I like cutting them into squares. They look nicer on a dish if cut, but you do need to allow a bit of extra time if serving them this way. Simply turn the dish over on top of a cutting board, cut the grits, and arrange them on a platter or pedestal.

In the short video below, I show how I make these yummy grits along with some tips for making them turn out absolutely perfect. 

Here is another video of me making the grits for a summer 2023 picnic. I go into a bit more detail for those who like longer form videos.

I can’t leave without sharing another family favorite recipe for my fellow grits lovers. If you love grits AND shrimp, you must try my recipe. It will knock your sock off, and it is EASY to make. It has Cajun seasonings and is nice enough to serve as an entree for company. So here is the recipe for my Cajun Shrimp and Cheddar Cheese Grits. Enjoy!

I promise these grits are beyond delicious, so give them a try if you’ve never had them before. When you do try them, please share your thoughts with me in the comments below. I love hearing from readers. As always, thanks so much for stopping by. Be blessed, and stay savvy!!!

Gourmet cheese grits

Gourmet Gruyere Cheese Grits

Yield: 12
Prep Time: 20 minutes
Cook Time: 45 minutes
Total Time: 1 hour 5 minutes

These grits are outstanding and one of my family's favorite sides! The nutty, sharp Gruyere and the Parmesan cheese make these humble grits a company worthy dish.


  • 1 quart (4 cups) milk
  • 1/2 cup (1 stick) butter (no margarine)
  • 1 cup uncooked grits (preferably stone ground)
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1/2 tsp white pepper
  • 1 egg, slightly beaten
  • 1/3 cup additional butter
  • 6-7 oz. Gruyere cheese, grated
  • 1/2 cup freshly grated Parmesan


  1. Bring milk to boil over medium heat, stirring often.
  1. Add stick of butter and grits. Cook, stirring constantly, until mixture is the consistency of oatmeal (about 5 minutes).
  2. Remove grits from heat.
  3. Add salt, pepper, and egg (stir vigorously to prevent egg from curdling). Beat until well combined.
  4. Add the additional 1/3 cup butter and Gruyere cheese. Stir until all cheese is melted and incorporated.
  5. Sprinkle parmesan on top.
  6. Pour into a quiche dish or 11 x 14 casserole dish.
  7. DO AHEAD: At this point, you may refrigerate until baking--all day or overnight.
  8. When ready to cook, remove from the fridge and let sit at room temp for at least 30 minutes.
  9. Bake at 350 degrees for 45 minutes or until golden and beginning to bubble.
Nutrition Information
Yield 12 Serving Size 1
Amount Per Serving Calories 180Total Fat 11gSaturated Fat 7gTrans Fat 0gUnsaturated Fat 4gCholesterol 48mgSodium 417mgCarbohydrates 12gFiber 1gSugar 0gProtein 7g

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  1. Hi Karen! I’ve never made polenta but would LOVE to try it one day! I am not sure if it would work in this recipe. You might do a google search? If you find out, please let me know!!!!

  2. Hi just found this recipe and wondering if I can use polenta rather than grits. Wondering if you have ever done or used polenta before. I cook with polenta a lot being Italian and just checking to see how that might work.

  3. I made these for Christmas dinner and they were such a hit!!! My husband talked about them all night! ;) Will definitely be making them again! Thanks for a great recipe!

  4. Hi Melinda! Trader Joe’s is the only place I’ve found grated Gruyere; however, it isn’t as good as grating it yourself! And yes, you can slice into squares and heat a little or a lot. Fabulous!

  5. Hi Barb! White stone ground grits are the best!!! I’ve never used lactose free milk so can’t answer this. You might do a google search on this one! Good luck!

  6. Hi Charlotte! The smaller cakes don’t take as long, but I don’t want to tell you a time. I always recommend that you start watching the cake(s) after about 20 minutes and note when the top begins to pull from the sides of the pan and small cracks begin to form. When it looks like this, give the pan a shake. Remove cakes when they barely jiggle; they will firm up after removing from the oven!!

  7. About how long do you cook the triple chocolate cake in the smaller Nordic Bundt pans when you make one recipe for 2 cakes?

  8. Hi Barb! Yes~white stone ground (or yellow) can be used! I actually prefer them. As for the lactose free milk question, I have no idea. Perhaps there is info on google that might answer this for you. Hope you enjoy!!!

  9. Hi Melinda! I found the grated Gruyere/Swiss blend at Trader Joe’s. I will say, it is not quite as good as the wedge of pure Gruyere, but it is still yummy (and so easy). Slicing these makes it easier to serve, but the squares do get “cooler” than if you leave the grits alone in one dish. But they keep warm in an oven after slicing and also can be reheated in the microwave. Glad you love these!! XoXo

  10. I made this after you shared before and LOVE them! Where do you find the grated gruyere? I’ve only found in a block. Never thought about slicing this into squares but love that idea! You just serve them slightly warm that way?

  11. Yes! It doubles well. Just make sure to use a large, shallow pan that will allow the grits plenty of room to spread out. I use at least an 11 x 13. Hope this helps!

  12. This is one of my family’s favorite recipes! Our ‘go-to’ for holidays and special occasions

  13. Hi Becky! You will LOVE the grits! Let me know what you think when you try them! If you lived in Mobile, you surely did get some wonderful, fresh seafood. Gotta love the Gulf Coast!

  14. I love cheese grits. I’ll have to try your recipe. I can tell you are a Southern girl :) We lived in Mobile, AL many years. I truly, truly miss the fresh seafood, especially the fried crab claws.

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