White Cheddar Grits with Greens & Bacon

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white cheddar grits with greens & bacon

Recipe by Sarah Tenaglia

  • 4Servings


  • 2 cloves garlic, chopped   

  • 1 tbsp. olive oil   

  • 1 cup stone-ground grits   

  • 1 1/2 cups grated sharp white cheddar   

  • 12 oz. thick-cut bacon   

  • 2 packages (5 oz. each) baby kale   

  • 4 tsp. apple cider vinegar   

  • 1 red chile, chopped   


In medium saucepan, cook garlic in oil over medium, stirring often, until fragrant, 1 minute. Add 4 cups water. Bring to a boil. Whisk in grits. Reduce heat to medium-low. Cook, whisking often, until tender, about 15 minutes. Stir in cheese; season. In large skillet, cook bacon over medium until crisp, about 4 minutes per side. Transfer to plate. Discard all but 2 tbsp. fat from skillet. Add kale. Cook, tossing often, until tender, about 2 minutes. Stir in vinegar; season. Top grits with kale, bacon, and chile.