Tomato Cheesy Grits

These tomato cheesy grits are perfect for brunch or dinner. The fresh tomato puree with homegrown basil gives it a delightful taste. We paired it with spicy Italian turkey sausage for a perfect breakfast. I’m sure it would also be delicious with a poached egg or a side of hash browns.



serves 2

  • 1 cup tomato (2 medium size tomatoes)
  • 1/2 cup red onion
  • 2 cloves garlic
  • 5 fresh basil leaves
  • 1 cup water
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 cup quick cooking grits
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons butter
  • freshly ground pepper to taste
  • 1/2 cup shredded cheese (cheddar is probably my favorite)
  • 1 sprig green onion or chives, chopped



  1. Blend tomato, red onion, garlic and basil leaves in blender to make a puree.
  2. Pour into saucepan with 1 cup water and salt. Bring to boil.
  3. Slowly add grits, stirring constantly (seriously, don’t stop stirring, you don’t want lumpy grits). Reduce heat to medium as needed to prevent boiling over.
  4. Once grits have thickened (about 5 minutes), add butter, pepper and cheese.
  5. Pour into bowls and top with green onions to serve.


Author: Spicy Pineapple

Janette Rawls is a teacher, professional dance artist, cancer survivor, and recipe inventor.

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