In a medium saucepan stir together grits, milk, broth, and salt. Bring to a boil, over medium high heat, stirring constantly. Cover, reduce heat to a gentle simmer, and cook for 20-25 minutes, stirring occasionally. The grits will be very thick.
Remove from heat and stir in 4 tablespoons butter and cheddar cheese. Evenly spread cheese grits in prepared sheet pan. TIP: Use an offset spatula to spread or press down with a piece of greased waxed paper.
Let the grits sheet pan sit out until they have cooled to room temperature. Cover with foil and refrigerate until very firm, 2 hours to overnight.
Preheat broiler and adjust oven rack to 6 inches from heat. Line a baking sheet with aluminum foil and grease foil with cooking spray. Set aside.
Cut chilled grits into squares. Alternatively use biscuit cutters, in preferred size, to cut out circle shape. Use a spatula to transfer cut grit cakes to prepared baking sheet.
Melt 1 tablespoon butter and brush on grit cake tops. Broil for 5-7 minutes, rotating pan halfway though, or until warm, golden, and crispy. Serve immediately.
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Stone Ground Grits Alternatives
Substitute regular grit and cook for 15 minutes, or until very thick.
Use instant grits and cook for 5-7 minutes, or until very thick.
Polenta can also be used, cook according to package instructions.
More Ways to Prepare Grit Cakes!
BakedPlace on baking sheet brushed with melted butter. Bake at 375ºF for 15 minutes, flip, and bake for 15 minutes longer. GrilledBrush each side of grit patty with oil. Grill over medium high heat, 1-2 minutes per side.FriedDredge cakes in flour. Heat 1/2 inch oil in heavy skillet and fry 2-3 minutes per side. Drain on paper towel-lined sheets.
Storing and Reheating Leftover Grit Cakes
Store leftover grit cakes in an airtight container, refrigerated up to one week. To reheat, place on foil lined baking sheet, greased with cooking spray. Broil again until crispy and hot, for 5-7 minutes, rotating pan halfway through.To save time, they may also be heated in the microwave.
Make sure the sheet pan is lined with foil before broiling to protect it from the high heat.
Optional grit add-ins before spreading in pan: jalapenos, corn, crumbled sausage, green onions, garlic, or bacon.
The cheese may be omitted or substitute a different type.
Halve the recipe and spread in 11X7" pan to make a lesser amount.
Make ahead: Spread in prepared pan and chill up to 3 days before baking.
For extra cheesy version, sprinkle additional cheese on the last minute of broiling.
Don't throw away those leftover pieces! Broil both sides to make extra crispy and use as croutons for soups or salads.