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Pumpkin Cheddar Grits with Bacon & Apples

Pumpkin Cheddar Grits with Bacon & Apples are cheesy, creamy and full of crispy bacon and softened apples. And pumpkin, of course!
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Course: Breakfast, Brunch
Cuisine: American
Keyword: Cheddar Grits
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 20 minutes
Total Time: 25 minutes
Servings: 8 servings
Author: Jaida

Ingredients

  • 2 cups vegetable broth (or chicken broth)
  • 1 cup old fashioned grits
  • 4 slices bacon (maple bacon is a great choice!)
  • 1 Fuji apple (seeds removed, peeled and diced)
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 1/4 tsp rubbed sage
  • 1 cup milk
  • 3/4 cup pumpkin puree
  • 1 cup shredded cheddar

Instructions

  • Bring broth to a boil. Add grits. Stir, reduce heat to low, and cover. Simmer for 10 minutes, stirring occasionally.
  • Meanwhile, in a large skillet, cook bacon over medium heat until bronwed and crisp. Remove to a paper towel-lined plate to drain grease and cool a bit before chopping or crumbling into smaller pieces. Leave bacon grease in skillet.
  • Add diced apples to bacon grease (you can do this in butter if you prefer) over medium-low heat and saute until tender. Remove with a slotte spoon and drain on a paper towel-lined plate.
  • When grits have absorbed broth, add salt, sage, milk and pumpkin puree and continue cooking for 5-10 minutes on low. Stir in cheddar and stir until melted. Season with salt and pepper, if desired.
  • Stir in apples and bacon crumbles, and serve warm!
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