Cheesy Grits with Sautéed Ham and Kale

This dish has all the flavors and ingredients that make it a perfect fall meal—smoky ham, simmered kale, cheesy grits, and a dash of hot sauce! It also can be ready in 30 minutes, so it makes a perfect weeknight meal.


Bring milk and water to a boil in a medium saucepan over high heat. Stir in grits and the 2 teaspoons of salt and reduce heat to a bare simmer. Cook, stirring occasionally, until grits are thick and creamy, about 25 minutes. When done, turn off the heat, stir in 4 tablespoon butter and the cheddar and Parmesan cheeses. Season with salt and pepper, and thin with water if the grits have become too thick. 

Meanwhile, melt remaining 2 tablespoons of butter in a large non-stick skillet over medium heat. Add garlic and cook until fragrant, about 30 seconds. Add ham, and cook, stirring occasionally, until crisp around the edges, about 2 minutes. Add the kale a few handfuls at a time and cook, stirring, until wilted. 

Pour broth into skillet, cover, and cook, stirring occasionally, until kale is just tender, about 5 minutes. Season with salt and pepper. 

Spoon the grits into bowls and top with the kale and ham. Drizzle with hot sauce and serve.

Cheesy Grits with Ham and Kale

Recipe Credit

Original recipe by: Nick Kindelsperger via Serious Eats

Beth Blessing (Organic Beth) has a Masters in Nutrition and is the co-founder of Green Bean Delivery. She is a mother of three that loves supporting family farms and searching for unique, artisanal products. Her goal is to help others eat better and live a more natural, holistic life through healthy recipes and practical tips. Follow her on Facebook: @OrganicBeth