Though I rationalize, think, mull, ponder that now is the only place to be, who I am at the core wants it to be Christmas every day of the year. I fantasize about living in the North Pole and working in Santa’s workshop. Wouldn’t that be the best job? Snow, hot chocolate by the fire, Christmas carols, mittens and boots – ah! Perchance to dream!

Earth to Stacy.

Today is the twelfth day of Christmas, so before I take down the tree and put away the decorations, I’m going to make a pot of Mama’s cheese grits to warm both my body and my soul. We always have it as a side dish for our Christmas feast, and today is the perfect day to have it one more time before I say goodbye to Christmas and hello to Mardi Gras.

Mama’s Cheese Grits

Yield: 6-8 servings

Ingredients:

6 cups water
1/2 cup quick grits
8 oz. grated cheese (your choice)
3 cloves minced garlic
salt to taste
1 teaspoon white pepper
1 cup milk
1 beaten egg

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Bring water to a boil and slowly add grits. (If you add it all at once, it will clump) Lower the heat to medium and simmer about 5 minutes until grits is thick and creamy. Sir occasionally.

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Add the cheese (reserving about 1/2 cup for garnish), garlic, salt, and pepper.

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Stir until the cheese is completely melted. Turn off the stove and remove from heat. Add the milk and beaten egg and stir until blended.

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If you are not using a stove-to-oven casserole, pour the grits into a casserole dish. Sprinkle the remaining cheese on top.

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Cover dish and pop into the oven. Bake 30 minutes. Remove cover and bake an additional 15 minutes.

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Maybe next year Mama will be here to enjoy them with me.

Enjoy the last day of Christmas, friends! ♥

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