Any "Thyme" Grits

Provided by: North Carolina Egg Association

A Southern favorite, Any "Thyme" Grits are mixed with sharp cheddar cheese, bacon and thyme.

  • Serves 8
  • Total Time: 1 hour and 15 minutes
  • Preparation Time: 15-20 minutes
  • Cook/Bake Time: 55 minutes


  • 2 cups water
  • ½ cup quick-cooking grits, uncooked
  • 3 cups shredded sharp cheddar cheese
  • 4 eggs, lightly beaten
  • 1 cup reduced-fat milk
  • ¼ teaspoon dried thyme
  • 1/8 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1 pound bacon, cooked and crumbled, divided
  • Salt and pepper, to taste


  • Bring 2 cups water to a boil in a saucepan; stir in grits. Return to boil. Reduce heat to low and cook for 6 minutes, stirring often, until grits are a thick consistency. Add cheese, stirring until melted.
  • Combine eggs, milk, thyme, garlic powder and half of crumbled bacon; stir well.
  • Gradually stir about ¼ of hot grits into egg mixture; add to remaining hot mixture, stirring constantly.
  • Pour into lightly greased 11x7 inch baking dish. Top with remaining half of bacon. Cover and refrigerate overnight.
  • To serve: preheat oven to 350° F. Bake 50-55 minutes or until a knife inserted in the center comes out clean.

Nutrition Information

Calories: 494

Total Fat: 65 g
Saturated Fat: 20 g

Cholesterol: 300 mg
Sodium: 2,300 mg
Total Carbohydrate: 300 g
Dietary Fiber: 28 g
Protein: 50 g
Vitamin A: 900 mcg
Vitamin C: 90 mg
Calcium: 1,300 mg
Iron: 18 mg
Vitamin: D 20 mcg
Folate: 400 µg
Choline: 550 mg
Potassium: 4700 mg
Molybdenum: 45 µg
Chloride: 2,300 mg


To make this a main dish, add diced ham, chicken or shrimp. Or, add your favorite cooked sausage, such as Chorizo for a spicy kick. Learn how to make this recipe by clicking here.

North Carolina Egg Association