Small bowl of tomato grits.

Tomato Grits

Sherri Atwell
Featured In WTFCF Season 2, Episode 05 & 06: Feed My Sheep.
A favorite recipe of Sherri Atwell, Director Recovery, Feeding Florida.
Sherri says, " I love a good southern recipe, so it was hard to choose. You can never go wrong with a Paula Dean option."
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Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Total Time 20 minutes
Servings 10


  • 8 x 11 inch casserole dish


  • 2 cups water
  • cups milk
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup quick cooking grits
  • ½ cup plus 1 tablespoon butter
  • cup diced green onions
  • 1 (6 ounce) garlic cheese roll
  • cups shredded cheddar cheese
  • 1 (10 ounce) can diced tomatoes and green chilies
  • 2 lightly beaten eggs
  • ¼ teaspoon garlic powder


  • Preheat oven to 350℉.
  • In a saucepan, bring to boil 2 cups water and 1¼ cups milk. Add 1 teaspoon salt and slowly add 1 cup quick cooking grits. Stir constantly for 1 minute.
  • While stirring the grits add ½ cup butter and stir until butter is melted.
  • Cover and cook for 3 to 5 minutes or until the grits are thick and creamy. Remove from heat and set aside.
  • In a skillet, melt 1 tablespoon of butter and sauté ⅓ cup diced green onion for 1 minute.
  • Add to the grits ¼ teaspoon of garlic, 1 garlic cheese roll, ½ cup shredded cheddar cheese and sautéed onions. Stir until cheese is melted.
  • Add the tomatoes and mix well. Stir in 2 lighten beaten eggs.
  • Pour the grits into a greased casserole dish and bake for 40 minutes. NOTE: Sprinkle remaining cheese over the casserole for the last 5 minutes of cooking time.


    About the Author

    Headshot of Sherri AtwellSherri is the Director of Produce Recovery Feeding Florida. Feeding Florida is the state’s network of food banks working to solve hunger. Our statewide network unites 12-member food banks to provide a healthy, adequate, and consistent food supply to every community every day. Feeding Florida member food banks support more than 2,400 local charitable agencies, which provide food directly to individuals and families in need to ensure a hunger-free Florida. Each year, the Feeding Florida network provides food to 3.1 million Floridians facing hunger, including over 900,000 children. Feeding Florida is a unified voice regarding hunger and food access by focusing on each community’s needs.