Vegetarian Dirty Grits

Dirty grits with hot sauce

Honestly, this first came about as a warm, filling, sick person, comfort food.  However, as the sickness subsided, we noticed the depth of flavor and the pure deliciousness that we had stumbled upon. There are so many different ways to make grits and with this hodgepodge creation, all of the ingredients just clicked.

Another thing to note is that there is a level of flexibility granted to the dish as well; if you want to make it carnivore friendly, you can easily add real sausage or use chicken broth during the cooking process. Aside from having a multitude of options for toppings, this recipe’s leftovers can easily be used to fry up some amazing grit cakes!


(makes about 3 entree or 9 appetizer servings)
1 cup grits
3 cups water
1 Knorr veggie broth bouillon cube
1 slice Swiss cheese
2 slices Monterey jack cheese
1 slice cheddar cheese
1 slice Colby jack cheese
1-2 tablespoons Parmesan cheese
2 tablespoons butter
cracked black pepper
kosher salt

optional items
Morningstar breakfast sausage patties (cooked)
hot sauce


dirty grits ingredients

To start, add your water and the bouillon cube to a pot over high heat until it begins to boil. Feel free to help the bouillon cube dissolve by crushing it with your spoon and stirring the pot.

veggie broth

While this is heating up, start preparing your cheeses by tearing or chopping them into smaller pieces. This will make it easier for them to melt and to be evenly distributed throughout the mixture.

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Once the broth begins to boil, add in your grits and immediately turn down the heat to low so that it simmers. Be sure to keep stirring continuously; if this mixture boils or is not being stirred it will sputter and hot grits will go flying everywhere.

grits closeup

After this has cooked for about five minutes, add in your butter and stir for another two. At this point the mixture should become fairly thick. Add in your cheeses and mix thoroughly.

cheeses added to grits

Once the cheese has been completely melted, remove the pot from heat and let it cool. While this is happening add in salt and black pepper as they are a necessity in almost everything delicious.

season the grits

Finally, you should chop your sausage to adorn  your portion of the grits.
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Add in any additional toppings you would like and enjoy!

cheesy grits






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