Rotel Sausage Cream Cheese Grits Casserole

Rotel Sausage Cream Cheese Grits Casserole recipe – spicy sausage and cheese grits casserole. All the flavors of our favorite party dip combined with cheesy grits! SO good! We love this casserole for breakfast, brunch, lunch, and dinner. Grits, chicken broth, eggs, onion, garlic, cream cheese, Velveeta, milk, butter, Rotel tomatoes, and sausage. Can make ahead and refrigerate or freeze for later.

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Spicy Sausage & Cheese Grits Casserole

This Rotel Sausage Cream Cheese Grits Casserole has been on repeat at our house I made this a few weeks ago and we both fell in love with this dish. This has all the flavors of our favorite dip in a cheesy grits casserole. Now, this is not a low-calorie dish. It is definitely a splurge (and totally worth it). The recipe has a whole stick of butter, a whole block of cream cheese, AND Velveeta cheese. O-M-YUM! If you’ve never tried grits, this dish is sure to make you a fan! This casserole is great for breakfast, brunch, lunch, or dinner. All you need is some biscuits and fruit and you are set!

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How to Make Rotel Sausage Cream Cheese Grits Casserole

This dish is very easy to make with only a few simple ingredients. In a skillet, cook sausage over medium-high heat until crumbled and no longer pink. Drain excess grease. In a large saucepan, bring chicken broth 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 rotel diced tomatoes and green chiles, milk, cream cheese, Velveeta cheese, onion powder, garlic powder, and butter; stir until melted. Slowly stir in eggs until blended. Stir in cooked sausage and season with salt and black pepper. Pour the grits mixture into a greased baking dish.  Bake uncovered in a preheated oven. Garnish baked casserole with parsley or chopped green onions.

Helpful Tips & Frequently Asked Questions

  • Make sure to use quick-cook grits NOT instant grits.
    • Can substitute stone-ground grits. Cook the grits according to the package directions.
  • You can substitute water for the chicken broth.
  • I use Jimmy Dean Sausage. You can use any brand and flavor of sausage that you enjoy.
  • I use Velveeta cheese. You can substitute any cheese that you enjoy. Sharp cheddar cheese or pepper jack are delicious.
  • Can use low-fat milk, whole milk, or heavy cream.
  • Can Rotel Sausage Cream Cheese Grits Casserole be made in advance? Yes! You can assemble the casserole and refrigerate it overnight before baking. You will need to add a few minutes to the cooking time if baking straight from the refrigerator.
  • Can Grits Casserole be frozen? Yes! You can assemble the casserole and freeze it before baking. Assemble the casserole and let it cool completely. Cover the dish with plastic wrap and foil and freeze.
    • To bake casserole after freezing, thaw overnight in the refrigerator, and bake as directed.
  • Store leftovers in an airtight container in the fridge.
    • Reheat in the microwave or covered in the oven.
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What to Serve with Grits Casserole

As I said, we absolutely LOVE this casserole. The flavors are AMAZING! This dish is great for a potluck and overnight guests. You can serve this as a main dish or side dish. Either way, it is delicious!

This casserole always gets rave reviews! We usually serve this with some fruit and biscuits for breakfast. It is also great with a salad at lunch or dinner. Give this a try ASAP! I promise it will be a hit!

Here are a few of our favorite recipes from the blog that go great with these baked cheese grits:

Cinnamon Pull-Apart Bread

Cinnamon Pull-Apart Bread – Layers of puff pastry, cinnamon, and sugar drizzled with a maple glaze. YUM! Great for breakfast…

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Rotel Sausage Cream Cheese Grits Casserole

Yield: 12 people
Prep Time 15 mins
Cook Time 45 mins
Total Time 1 hr
Rotel Sausage Cream Cheese Grits Casserole recipe – spicy sausage and cheese grits casserole. All the flavors of our favorite party dip combined with cheesy grits! SO good! We love this casserole for breakfast, brunch, lunch, and dinner. Grits, chicken broth, eggs, onion, garlic, cream cheese, Velveeta, milk, butter, Rotel tomatoes, and sausage. Can make ahead and refrigerate or freeze for later.

Ingredients:

  • lb sausage
  • 6 cups chicken broth
  • 2 cups quick cook grits
  • ½ cup butter
  • 1 (8-oz) package cream cheese
  • 2 (10-oz) cans Rotel diced tomatoes and green chilies, drained
  • ½ tsp onion powder
  • ½ tsp garlic powder
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • 12 -oz Velveeta cheese
  • ½ cup milk
  • 4 large eggs

Instructions:

  • Preheat oven to 350° F. Lightly spray a 9×13-inch pan with cooking spray. Set aside.
  • In a skillet, cook sausage until no longer pink. Drain excess grease and set aside.
  • In a large saucepan, bring chicken broth 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 cream cheese, Velveeta cheese, garlic powder, onion powder, Rotel tomatoes, milk salt, pepper, and butter; stir until melted. Slowly stir in eggs until blended. Stir in cooked sausage.
  • Transfer grits to the prepared dish.
  • Bake, uncovered, for 40 to 45 minutes.

Notes:

  • Make sure to use quick-cook grits NOT instant grits.
    • Can substitute stone-ground grits. Cook the grits according to the package directions.
  • You can substitute water for the chicken broth.
  • I use Jimmy Dean Sausage. You can use any brand and flavor of sausage that you enjoy.
  • I use Velveeta cheese. You can substitute any cheese that you enjoy. Sharp cheddar cheese or pepper jack are delicious.
  • Can use low-fat milk, whole milk, or heavy cream.
  • Can Rotel Sausage Cream Cheese Grits Casserole be made in advance? Yes! You can assemble the casserole and refrigerate it overnight before baking. You will need to add a few minutes to the cooking time if baking straight from the refrigerator.
  • Can Grits Casserole be frozen? Yes! You can assemble the casserole and freeze it before baking. Assemble the casserole and let it cool completely. Cover the dish with plastic wrap and foil and freeze.
    • To bake casserole after freezing, thaw overnight in the refrigerator, and bake as directed.
  • Store leftovers in an airtight container in the fridge.
    • Reheat in the microwave or covered in the oven.

Steph

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