Sweet Potato Gouda Grits

Forgive me for the hotmessedness. I’m attempting to unplug and do the whole vacation thing, but I couldn’t keep my butt out of the kitchen and had to document this one! I’ve shared my love of Southern-style Gouda grits and Gruyere grits before, but for the life of me I cannot figure out why I just now decided to let sweet potatoes in on the fun! Not only do they add a gorgeous pop of color to an otherwise colorless dish, but they’re pretty darn delicious!

Sweet Potato Gouda Grits

Sweet Potato Gouda Grits

Sweet Potato Gouda Grits
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Recipe type: side
Serves: 4
  • 1 cup mashed sweet potato
  • 4 cups vegetable broth
  • 2 cups old-fashioned grits
  • 5 TBSP butter
  • ½ cup half and half
  • 2 heaping cups of freshly grated gouda cheese
  • ¼-1/2 tsp salt
  • ¼-1/2 tsp garlic powder
  • 2-4 TBSP chopped green onion

  • extras: freshly sauteed or grilled shrimp and/or veggies seasoned with garlic, paprika, and a pinch of salt and cayenne pepper.
  1. Pierce a few times with a fork and bake or microwave your sweet potato until fluffy.
  2. Remove the skin and mash. Set aside.
  3. Next bring a quart of vegetable broth and 2 cups of grits to boil in a medium-sized pot.
  4. Once boiling, reduce heat to lowest setting and simmer for about 15-20 minutes, stirring often.
  5. While the grits simmer away, get to work on your add-ins.
  6. I always gravitate towards shrimp and veggies as you can probably already tell! These grits also taste awesome alongside eggs and bacon for breakfast. When it comes to grits, anything goes!
  7. Once the grits start to soak up the broth, add in the evaporated milk and stir until you've reached bonus arm-workout territory.
  8. After another five to ten minutes, fold in the sweet potato, butter and half and half.
  9. Lastly add your freshly grated Gouda andseason with garlic powder and salt.
  10. Stir thoroughly until smooth and creamy.
  11. Pile on your favorite toppings and garnish with chopped green onion.
*grits will be uber-fluffy; if you prefer a saucier dish, feel free to add more butter, broth, and/or cream! Anything goes!
Sweet Potato Gouda Grits

Now pat yourself on the back, because duh, veggies!

craving more sweet potatoes?
Black Bean and Sweet Potato FlautasSavory Sweet Potato NachosSavory Stuffed Sweet PotatoesBruschetta Stuffed Sweet Potato  Savory Mexican Sweet Potato CasseroleSweet Potato Chickpea Burgers

orange is the new YUM


  1. Tiff @ Love, Sweat, & Beers says

    Bookmarking this! The Southern lady in me is excited to try this. Kiss my sweet grits!! 😉

  2. Lauren says

    I think your missing the evaporated milk in the recipe! This looks DELISH. I need to try and tackle grits

  3. says

    Haha thanks! I use whatever dairy I have on hand to make them normally! It’s great with heavy cream, evaporated milk, and half + half! Grits are über versatile and can be as indulgent or as simple as you’d like! <3

  4. Sprint2theTable says

    OMG. I love gouda grits. There’s a cafe here that makes smoked gouda grits to go with breakfast burritos. If he’d slap those on a sweet potato… I’d die.

  5. Sabrina @ Work It Ms Jackson says

    Let me start by saying I’m not really a grits fan (I’m definitely a northern girl) but you have me completely intrigued and wanting to try these.

  6. Arman @ thebigmansworld says

    You are my paula deen in friend form- 5 T of butter? Oh yes. YES YES YES. And cheese? Perfect. I would fight the chickpea and the kitty for this.

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