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Cheddar Grits Cakes

Cheddar Capped Grits Cakes

The first time I laid eyes on these “grits cakes”, I made up my mind I was not going to try them – first, I am not a huge fan of grits, and second, they had my long time nemesis (aka “dairy”) in them! After having being burned several times by dairy foods, I have became a little jaded and have done my darndest to steer clear of all gut-busting lactose products for the last few years. But then, last week happened!

Beyond Lactose Intolerance Event by SUDIA

As a member of the Atlanta Food Blogger Society, I got to sit in on a “one-of-a-kind” dining experience featuring nine original lactose intolerance-friendly recipes which were the brain child of Cincinnati based Chef Caitlin Steininger at the gorgeous Third Space in downtown Atlanta. Now, I had heard about aged cheeses being lactose-intolerant friendly, but, I was skeptical and avoided them – and probably would have kept on avoiding them – if not for the persuasive powers of the representatives from the Southeast United Dairy Industry Association, the National Dairy Council and Cabot Cheese who made it a point to educate and inform jaded skeptics like myself.

The evening started off with a cheese tasting which led into appetizers such as “Cheddar puffs with tomato jam” (good golly that tomato jam was p.h.e.n.o.m.e.n.a.l.), “Parmesan shortbread with fig jam” and delectable “Black Bean Soup with White Cheddar Popcorn and Greek Yogurt“.

Top right to left: Peaches and Greens salad, Roasted chicken and garlic potatoes, and black bean soup Bottom right to left: Cheddar Grits Cakes, Chocolate yogurt cupcakes, and oatmeal cookies with horchata
Top right to left: Peaches and Greens salad, Roasted chicken and garlic potatoes, and black bean soup
Bottom right to left: Cheddar Grits Cakes, Chocolate yogurt cupcakes, and oatmeal cookies with horchata

We moved onto 3 main courses of: “Roasted chicken on garlic mashed potatoes with spiced carrots and arugula pesto with aged cheese“, “Peaches and green salad with toasted cumin dressing“, and finally – mind blowing “Cheddar Grits Cakes with shredded beef and red eye gravy with aged cheeses“. Guess it took a chef from the north to get me to fall in love with a southern favorite!


These grits cakes were – good gosh – I have no words – I just wish y’all would make them and experience them for yourselves – and yup – they are an “Experience”! I had to make them when I got home – and deviated a tad bit from Chef Caitlin’s recipe by adding cayenne instead of hot sauce and adding cilantro to garnish as well as using 2% milk and vegetable broth instead of chicken – otherwise, I followed her directions exactly and my daughter and sister (who came into town to surprise my daughter for her birthday) found these to be absolutely delicious too!

Cheddar Grits Cakes

Our wonderful night ended with a 3 course dessert round, with “Chocolate yogurt cupcakes“, to die for “pound cake-Georgia peach preserve sundaes” (with a sauce made with reducing white wine and peach preserves), and we toasted our chef and her wonderful crew with a totally unique “Oatmeal cookie” and “Homemade horchata“. We grabbed a lactose free hot chocolate and eggnog for the road before calling it a night.

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Chef Caitlin's sister, Kelly; Chef Caitlin, And her cousins
Chef Caitlin’s sister, Kelly; Chef Caitlin, And her cousins

Disclaimer: I am so thankful for the chance to be included in this unique, informative and one of a kind dining experience. I received no compensation for my thoughts and opinions herein.


Cheddar Capped Grits Cakes {Cooking With Caitlin}

Cheddar Capped Grits Cakes {Cooking With Caitlin}


  • 1 1/2 cups lactose free whole milk, I used 2%
  • 1 1/2 cups chicken broth, I used vegetable
  • 1 cup cornmeal
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 cup and 1/2 a cup cheddar cheese
  • 1-2 teaspoons hot sauce, I used 1 teaspoon cayenne
  • 1 teaspoon salt


  1. Combine the milk, vegetable/chicken broth in a pot and bring to a boil
  2. When liquid is boiling whisk in the cornmeal and baking soda and whisk till mixture thickens
  3. Fold in the hot sauce/cayenne and 1 cup of the cheddar and salt
  4. Transfer mixture to a greased 8x8 pan/tray and chill about an hour
  5. When cool, cut or scoop and shape into what shape you prefer
  6. In a non stick pan over high heat, add a pinch of cheddar and when it melts, add a grits cake onto it - when ready, flip and let cook on other side
  7. Repeat for all cakes
  8. Garnish with cilantro or serve as is

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Monday 22nd of December 2014

Oh Yeh...I could definitely eat a few of these in one sitting. You say "grits" and I get in line!


Monday 22nd of December 2014

I'd love to try grits... I think I can get all those ingredients here actually... I always think the name sounds so funny... makes me think I'm going to end up with a mouthful of little rocks, but they look really good!

The Dose of Reality

Wednesday 10th of December 2014

Those look delicious! And it sounds like a fabulous experience!-Ashley


Wednesday 10th of December 2014

Sounds like you had a terrific time. I'd sure have a terrific time eating this -- I do like grits, and just love this recipe. Really fun -- thanks so much.

Deanna Segrave-Daly (@tspbasil)

Wednesday 10th of December 2014

Now I'm a Northern girl who actually likes grits - ha :) And being a former employee of dairy farmers, I'm a cheese loving gal too so these look A-MAH-ZING to me - yum.

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