Nanny McFarland’s Cheesy Grits

Jessica Grace

Jessica Grace › Jessica Grace is a first grade school teacher in Marshfield, Missouri. She is the mother of ...


Cheesy grits rule and my favorite Thanksgiving dish, hands-down, has to be Nanny McFarland’s Cheesy Grits! When HandPicked Nation asked me to share my favorite Thanksgiving side dish, there was no question what I would write about.

Now most grits I’ve eaten have been at breakfast and rather plain. These creamy grits are garlicky and cheesy, in a word–delicious. Bear in mind that there are rarely leftovers, so if you plan to enjoy them after company goes home you better make a little extra!

This recipe comes from my husband Russell’s side of the family, and I’ve been happily eating them since I was welcomed into the fold. Russell’s grandma, Nanny, made these for her family and her family in turn made them for their families. They are definitely worth a spot on your holiday table.

This recipe always makes an appearance at Thanksgiving and Christmas celebrations (and sometimes just because). Now, Russell and I are feeding  the newest generation- Ethan, Maggie and Nora enjoy the same delicious cheesy grits their great-grandma made.

And they love them as much as we do!

Serves 4
Nanny McFarland's Cheesy Grits

1 cup of raw grits, cooked (follow directions for your type of grits)
1 stick of butter
1 tablespoon (or so) of garlic powder
9 oz grated cheddar cheese
2 eggs, beaten
Approx. 1 cup of milk


Prepare grits according to package instructions.
When the grits are cooked, turn heat to low.
Add in the butter and garlic powder.
Stir until butter is melted.
Add the cheese. Stir until the cheese is melted.
Add the eggs and milk.
Stir until smoothly combined.
Pour mixture into a buttered 9×13 pan
Bake at 350 for about 45 minutes.

Which Thanksgiving side dish that graces your table never makes it to leftovers?

Photo Credit: Craig McCord

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