Garlic Cheese Grits

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Ingredients:

1 cup quick grits
1 Tab Worcestershire sauce
4 cups water
½ teaspoon garlic powder
½ stick butter
Dash of hot sauce
2 ½ cups sharp cheddar, grated
3 eggs whites stiffly beaten
3 egg yolks beaten with 1 tablespoon milk

 Directions:

Add grits to boiling water. Cook until thick. Remove from heat. While hot, add 2 cups of grated cheese, egg yolk mixture, Worcestershire sauce, garlic powder and hot sauce.

Cool mixture. Fold in egg whites. Pour into a greased 2-quart baking dish. Sprinkle with remaining cheese and paprika. Bake in a 400 degree oven for 30 minutes or until hot and cheese is melted. If made ahead and refrigerated, allow extra time for baking.

For a creamier texture, substitute half a cup of water for half a cup of milk, adding after the water has boiled and the grits are thicker, add a few tablespoons at a time.

Serves 8.

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