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Grits Fritters with Bacon and Cheese and a Pepper Jelly Dipping Sauce
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Grits Fritters

Crispy Grits Fritters made with cheese grits flavored with bacon, corn, and green onion. Great on their own. Even better served with Red Pepper Jelly Sauce.
Course Appetizer
Cuisine Southern
Prep Time 4 hours 20 minutes
Cook Time 12 minutes
Total Time 4 hours 32 minutes
Servings 8
Calories 364kcal
Author Christin Mahrlig


  • 1 cup quick-cooking grits
  • 4 cups milk
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 1/2 cups (6 ounces) shredded extra-sharp white cheddar cheese
  • 6 slices bacon, cooked and crumbled
  • 2 green onions, minced
  • 1/2 cup corn kernels
  • 1/4 teaspoon black pepper
  • 1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • 2 large eggs
  • 3 cups Panko crumbs
  • Vegetable oil
  • 1/2 cup Red Pepper Jelly
  • 1 tablespoon Dijon mustard
  • 1 tablespoon apple cider vinegar


  • Using 4 cups of milk and 1 teaspoon salt, prepare grits according to package directions. Remove grits from heat and stir in cheese, bacon, green onions, corn and both peppers. Pour into a lightly greased 8-inch square pan. Loosely cover with plastic wrap and chill 4 to 24 hours.
  • Using your hands, roll grits into 1 1/2-inch balls.
  • In a bowl, whisk together eggs and 1/4 cup water.
  • Dip balls in egg mixture and then roll in Panko crumbs to coat.
  • Pour 2-3 inches of oil in a Dutch oven or deep skillet. Heat oil to 350 degrees.
  • Fry fritters in batches for 3 to 4 minutes, until golden brown on all sides.
  • Drain on a paper towel-lined plate. Serve warm.
  • To make Pepper Jelly Dipping Sauce, combine pepper jelly, mustard and vinegar in a microwave safe bowl. Stir well. Microwave for 20 seconds or until warm.


Recipe makes about 32 fritters.


Calories: 364kcal