Cracked Out Grits Casserole

Cracked Out Grits Casserole  – cheddar, bacon, and ranch – SO addictive!!! We love this casserole for breakfast, lunch, and dinner. Grits, chicken broth, milk, eggs, Velveeta, bacon, Ranch, cheddar cheese. Can make ahead and refrigerate or freeze for later. This always gets RAVE reviews! SO good!!!

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Cheddar Bacon Ranch Grits Casserole

Breakfast for dinner is a favorite in our house. We had this Cracked Out Grits Casserole last week and it was a HUGE hit! OMG! SO good! Grits loaded with cheese, bacon and Ranch. Seriously AMAZING! Now, I’m not a fan of plain grits, but I LOVE this cheesy bacon grits casserole. We served the casserole with some biscuits and fresh fruit. Easy and delicious!

How to Make Cracked Out Grits Casserole

This casserole is super easy to make. Cook the bacon and chop. Set aside. In a large saucepan, add chicken stock, and Ranch dressing mix; bring to a boil. Slowly stir in grits. Reduce and cook until the grits have thickened. Remove from heat.Add Velveeta cheese and butter; stir until melted. Stir in milk. Slowly stir in eggs until blended. Stir in half of cooked bacon. Pour the grits into a baking dish. Top with cheddar cheese and the remaining bacon and cook.

  • I used quick-cook grits NOT instant grits.
  • Here is our recipe for Homemade Ranch Dressing Mix: https://www.plainchicken.com/homemade-ranch-dressing-mix/
  • Can substitute turkey bacon for the pork bacon.
  • You can substitute a cup of precooked chopped bacon for the pound of fresh bacon. I love using precooked bacon! It is such a timesaver!
  • This Cracked Out Grits Casserole can be made ahead of time and refrigerated overnight or even frozen. I like to split the casserole into two 8×8-inch pans and freeze one for later. I love having quick meals in the freezer!
baking dish of bacon and cheese grits with biscuits and fruit

What to Serve with Cracked Out Grits Casserole

This casserole is great for a potluck and overnight guests. It always gets rave reviews! We usually serve this dish with some fruit and biscuits. Here are a few of our favorite recipes from the blog that go great with these baked cheese grits:

Vanilla Pudding Fruit Salad

Vanilla Pudding Fruit Salad – so simple and so delicious. Pineapple, mandarin oranges, cherries, bananas, blueberries, strawberries and pecans tossed…

spoonful of bacon and cheese grits

Cracked Out Grits Casserole

Yield: 12 people
Prep Time 15 mins
Cook Time 40 mins
Total Time 55 mins
Cracked Out Grits Casserole  – cheddar, bacon, and ranch – SO addictive!!! We love this casserole for breakfast, lunch, and dinner. Grits, chicken broth, milk, eggs, Velveeta, bacon, Ranch, cheddar cheese. Can make ahead and refrigerate or freeze for later. This always gets RAVE reviews! SO good!!!

Ingredients:

  • 1 pound bacon
  • 6 cups chicken stock
  • 2 Tbsp Ranch dressing mix
  • 2 cups quick-cooking grits
  • 12- ounces Velveeta, cubed
  • ½ cup butter, cubed
  • ½ cup milk
  • 4 large eggs, lightly beaten
  • 2 cups shredded cheddar cheese

Instructions:

  • Preheat oven to 350° F. Lightly spray a 9×13-inch pan with cooking spray. Set aside.
  • In a large saucepan, cook bacon over medium heat until crisp, stirring occasionally. Remove pan from heat. Remove bacon with a slotted spoon; drain on paper towels and chop.
  • In a large saucepan, add chicken stock, and Ranch dressing mix; bring to a boil. Slowly stir in grits. Reduce heat to medium-low; cook, covered, 5 to 7 minutes or until thickened, stirring occasionally. Remove from heat.
  • Add Velveeta cheese and butter; stir until melted. Stir in milk. Slowly stir in eggs until blended. Stir in half of cooked bacon.
  • Transfer grits to prepared dish. Sprinkle with shredded cheese and remaining bacon.
  • Bake, uncovered, 40 to 45 minutes.

Notes:

  • I used quick-cook grits NOT instant grits.
  • Here is our recipe for Homemade Ranch Dressing Mix: https://www.plainchicken.com/homemade-ranch-dressing-mix/
  • Can substitute turkey bacon for the pork bacon.
  • You can substitute a cup of precooked chopped bacon for the pound of fresh bacon. I love using precooked bacon! It is such a timesaver!
  • This Cracked Out Grits Casserole can be made ahead of time and refrigerated overnight or even frozen. I like to split the casserole into two 8×8-inch pans and freeze one for later. I love having quick meals in the freezer!

Steph

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  1. Well "Kiss My Grits" …These are fantastic. I subbed andouille sausage for the bacon. Brought in for office pre-Thanksgiving party — Huge Success!

  2. is there some reason you only use quick cooking grits? can I just use regular and cook longer?

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