Butternut Squash Grits with Crispy Bacon and Sage

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Give the mash potatoes a break and try this delicious Butternut Squash Grits with Crispy Bacon and Sage. Creamy and cheesy grits flavored with sweet butternut squash and tangy Gouda cheese are the perfect side dish for your holiday dinner. The Crispy bacon and sage leaves make them look so beautiful and festive. Your family and guests will love this dish.

What you will need to make Butternut Squash Grits with Bacon and Sage

Small butternut squash. You will need about 3 cups.

Chicken stock. I prefer low sodium.

Orange Corn Grits. For this recipe I used Professor Torbert’s Orange Corn grits. I love the intense orange color and nutty taste. You can find them Here. (non affiliated link)

Freshy grated Gouda Cheese

Dry Sage


6-8 Fresh sage leaves, clean and steamed

Olive oil

salt and pepper to taste

Helpful Tips and Tricks

You can find already peeled and sliced butternut squash at almost any grocery store. This will save you time and effort if you don’t want to tackle peeling your own butternut squash. Just grease a baking sheet add the butternut squash on a single layer, season with salt and pepper and bake at 400 degrees for 25 minutes or until fork tender.

I was very careful not to burn the bacon fat so I could have a clear color when I added it to the grits. If you prefer not to do so, or if the bacon fat burns just discard the fat and sub for butter.

Pre-grated cheeses contain stabilizers to keep the cheese from clumpling together and I find that won’t melt as easy or give you a smooth, silky texture. It is a little more work but grating your own cheese is always worth it.

Fried sage leaves are seriously addicting! I suggest to make more than you’d think you need.


Hello, my name is Marisol Chancellor. I was born and raised in Monterrey Mexico. I’ve been living in Texas for 12 years and even when I love barbeque, fruit cobblers and sweet tea, there’s something that has the power of transporting me right back to my mom’s kitchen and gives me a little piece of home, cooking. I grew up in the kitchen and for me, memories are always linked to food, and behind the food, well, there’s always a story that comes along. So, please let me share with you my love for cooking and while we are at it, let’s share some memories, because let’s be honest, we are also hungry for nostalgia.

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