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Ham and Cheese Grits

Ham and cheese grits.

Ham and Cheese Grits

Use up your leftover holiday ham in this savory Southern comfort dish.
Prep Time 8 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Total Time 23 minutes
Course Main Course
Cuisine American
Servings 4 servings
Calories 510 kcal


  • 4 cups non-fat milk
  • cups quick-cooking grits
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • 2 cups cooked ham cubed, about ½ pound
  • 4 ounces Havarti cheese shredded or cut into thin slices
  • ¼ cup green onion thinly sliced and divided


  • In a 2-½ quart saucepan, bring milk just to a simmer over medium-high heat. Slowly whisk in grits. Reduce heat to low and cover. Continue to whisk every minute to keep from forming lumps. Cook about 5 minutes or until grits begin to thicken. Add ham, cheese and ¼ cup green onion; stir until cheese begins to melt. Cover and remove from heat; let stand 3 to 4 minutes or until heated through. Stir again; spoon into serving dishes. Garnish with remaining 2 tablespoons green onion and serve warm.


Recipe Variations: Use your favorite cheese when you prepare this entrée. In addition, you can add thinly sliced kale or other dark greens for a new version.
Keyword ham and grits, ham grits