Cheesy Bacon Grits State(Iowa) Child Nutrition Agency Developed Recipe

Age Group: Ages 6-18
This warm and savory comfort food is packed with flavor and is hearty enough to sustain you throughout the day.
½ cup serving provides ¼ oz equivalent meats/meat alternates and 1 ½ oz equivalent grains.
Fiscal Year 2021 Cohort A Team Nutrition Training Grant for School Meal Recipe Development Iowa Department of Education
*This recipe was developed and standardized by a State Child Nutrition Agency. USDA has not tested this recipe.
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Prep Time 45 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Total Time 1 hour 15 minutes


  • Lay turkey bacon out in a single layer on a sheet pan.
  • Bake in a 350 ºF oven for 20-25 minutes. Bacon should be crisp. Break bacon into small bite-sized pieces.
  • Combine milk, chicken broth, and water in a sauce pan or steam kettle. Bring to a boil.
  • Slowly whisk in grits, reduce heat.
  • Cover and let the grits simmer for 5 minutes, stirring occasionally.
  • Remove from heat and add yogurt and cheese. Whisk until the cheese is melted.
  • Serve ½ cup (No. 8 scoop).
  • Serve with bacon pieces, scallions, and cheese.
    Critical Control Point: Hold for hot service at 135 ºF or higher.


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Nutrition Facts
Cheesy Bacon Grits State(Iowa) Child Nutrition Agency Developed Recipe
Amount Per Serving 0 ½ cup (No. 8 scoop)
Calories 212 Calories from Fat 45
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 5g8%
Saturated Fat 3g19%
Cholesterol 24mg8%
Sodium 260mg11%
Total Carbohydrate 29g10%
Dietary Fiber 1g4%
Total Sugars 7g8%
Protein 12g24%
Calcium 275mg28%
Iron 1mg6%
*Marketing Guide
50 Servings:
Fresh green onions (scallions): 8 oz
100 Servings:
Fresh green onions (scallions): 1 lb


*See Marketing Guide for purchasing information on foods that will change during preparation or when a variation of the ingredients is available.
Cooking Process #2: Same Day Service
Yield / Volume
50 Servings:
About 3 gal 1 qt 1 cup
About 29 lb
100 Servings:
About 6 gal 2 qt 1 ½ cup
About 58 lb 7.2 oz