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Cheesy Grits with Crispy Pancetta

Cheesy Grits with Crispy Pancetta

Classic, hearty grits with cheese and a pancetta topping.

Servings:  4


Pancetta, Sliced into Strips
2 oz.
3 cup(s)
Kosher Salt
1 tsp.
3/4 cup(s)
Butter, Sliced into 1 Tbs Pieces
4 Tbs.
Sharp Cheddar Cheese, Shredded
4 oz.
Garlic, Finely Minced
1/2 oz.
Ground Cayenne Pepper
to taste


  1. Heat sauté pan over medium to high heat. Add pancetta and fry until crispy. Remove from pan and set aside on paper towels. Once cool, break into pieces.
  2. In medium saucepan, combine water and salt. Bring to heavy boil over high heat.
  3. Stir in grits with whisk. Reduce heat to medium. Stirring constantly, cook about 10 minutes, or until all water is absorbed.
  4. Stir in butter 1 Tbs. at a time.
  5. Stir in eggs quickly. Blend thoroughly, before eggs are fully cooked, about 1 ½-2 minutes.
  6. Stir in cheese and garlic.
  7. Add cayenne pepper to taste.
  8. To serve, spoon 1 cup of hot grits into bowl. Top with 0.50 oz. pancetta.


  • Serve as a side dish to chicken, pork or fish or as an entrée
  • Daypart suggestion: lunch or dinner

Nutrion Facts

Serving Size


Amount per serving

Calories 410

Calories from Fat 280

% Daily Value*

Total Fat    31g


Saturated Fat    17g


Trans Fat    0g

Cholesterol    230mg


Sodium    970mg


Total Carbohydrate    17g


Dietary Fiber    1g


Sugars    0g

Includes 0g Added Sugars

Protein    17g

Vitamin D   

Calcium    30%

Iron    50%


Vitamin A    20%

Vitamin C    0%

Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

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  • Serve as a side dish to chicken, pork or fish or as an entrée
  • Daypart suggestion: lunch or dinner


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