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Friday, February 25, 2011

Sausage & Cheese Grits Casserole


We had breakfast for dinner again last week.  This was a change to our usual quiche that we usually have for lunch or dinner.  I'm not a huge grits fan, but I really enjoyed it.  I only made half of the recipe below and it was more than plenty for the two of us.  It reheats well and is possibly even better the next day day.  You can mix this dish together ahead of time and just let it sit out for 30 minutes before baking.  I love easy casseroles that can be made ahead.  This is a great dish for overnight guests - no fuss in the mornings.  This would make a great addition to a holiday meal or pot luck.




Sausage & Cheese Grits Casserole
adapted from myrecipes.com
(Printable Recipes)


2 pounds sausage (regular or hot)
4 cups water
1 1/4 cups quick-cooking grits, uncooked
4 cups (1 pound) shredded sharp Cheddar cheese
1 cup milk
1/2 tsp dried thyme
2 tsp garlic powder
4 large eggs, lightly beaten
Paprika

Brown sausage in a large skillet, stirring until it crumbles. Drain well, and set aside.

Bring water to a boil in a large saucepan, and stir in grits. Return to a boil; cover, reduce heat, and simmer 5 minutes, stirring occasionally. Remove from heat; add cheese and next 3 ingredients, stirring until cheese melts. Stir in sausage and eggs.

Spoon mixture into a lightly greased 13" x 9" x 2" baking dish; sprinkle with paprika. Bake, uncovered, at 350° for 1 hour or until golden and heated. Let stand 5 minutes before serving. Garnish, if desired.

Make-Ahead: Prepare grits mixture as directed above, but do not bake. Cover and chill overnight. Remove from refrigerator; let stand, covered 30 minutes. Uncover and bake as directed.


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14 comments:

  1. I'm a big fan of grits casserole especially one with sausage in it - sounds delicious

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  2. Great! Another one I just printed out to try. I don't know when I'll have time to fix everything I print off your blog, but maybe by the time I'm 60 I'll catch up. ;)

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  3. I LOVE cheese grits. This version sounds delish! I put pickled jalapenos in mine sometimes for al ittle kick.

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  4. Grits make me happy! If you don't care for them and thought this was good, I can only imagine what I would think of them! Nice one, Steph.

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  5. Oh my gosh! I saw this and thought.....I have to make that! I agree with Larry "Big Dude", it sounds heavenly! Thanks for the recipe!

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  6. Wow! My husband is going to DIE when he hears we're having this for the next breakfast for dinner!

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  7. Can't wait to try this out. I just posted a chicken recipe on my blog I think you will love at http://lifebehindthegrill.blogspot.com/. Can't wait to see your new recipes. I have heard great things about your site from lots of people I know.

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  8. Cheese in my grits is just about a must!

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  9. I've always been really turned off by grits, but I decided it was time to try them again. So I tried this recipe and... I could eat this every day. So yummy.

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  10. I hate eggs. Will it come together without the eggs?

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  11. do you use water or milk for the grits? because the ingredients say milk and the instructions say bring water to a boil. Thanks!

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    1. I used milk, but water is ok too. I will fix the instructions. Thanks!

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    2. I think the fix may have confused things. Now the recipe lists 4 c. of water in the ingredients that's never mentioned in the steps. And I'm not sure that 1 c. of milk is enough to cook the grits. Could you clarify? Thanks!

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    3. Boil grits in water and then stir in the milk with the cheese and seasonings.

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