Sausage and Ranch Grits Casserole

Sausage and Ranch Grits Casserole recipe – CRAZY good!!! We love this casserole for breakfast, lunch and dinner. Grits, chicken broth, milk, eggs, Velveeta, sausage, Ranch, cheddar cheese. Can make ahead and refrigerate or freeze for later. This always get RAVE reviews! SO good!!! #breakfast #casserole 

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Easy Breakfast Casserole Recipe

This Sausage and Ranch Grits Casserole is perfect for Christmas morning! You can make this ahead of time and pop it in the oven when you are ready to eat breakfast. I like to put it in the oven when we start opening presents so it is ready when we are done with the morning fun. All you need are some biscuits and some fruit and you are set!

This casserole is not only easy to make, it is CRAZY delicious! It has my favorite flavor combination – sausage, ranch and cheddar cheese. SO good! I could eat this every morning.

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How to Make Sausage & Ranch Grits Casserole

As I said, this dish is very easy to make. Start with browning some breakfast sausage. Combine the cooked sausage with ranch dressing and set aside. In a large saucepan, bring chicken broth to a boil. Add grits and cook until thickened. Add Velveeta cheese and butter; stir until melted. Stir in milk. Slowly stir in eggs until blended. Stir in 3/4 of sausage and ranch mixture. Transfer the grits to a baking dish. Sprinkle with shredded cheese and the remaining sausage mixture and bake.

  • I used a roll of Jimmy Dean Sausage. You can use any brand you prefer.
  • You can substitute turkey sausage for the pork sausage.
  • Here is our recipe for Homemade Ranch Dressing: https://www.plainchicken.com/copycat-outback-ranch-dressing/
  • I used quick-cook grits NOT instant grits.
  • Can Grits Casserole be made in advance? Yes! You can assemble the casserole ahead of time and refrigerate overnight. You may need to add a few minutes to the cooking time if you are baking straight from the refrigerator.
  • Can Grits Casserole be frozen? Yes! Assemble the casserole and cover and freeze unbaked. When ready to bake, place in refrigerator and let thaw overnight. Remove from refrigerator 30 minutes before baking. Increase baking time to 60 minutes.
  • If you don’t need the whole recipe, you can split the casserole between two pans and freeze one for later.
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What to Serve with Sausage Grits

While this casserole is perfect for breakfast, it is also great for lunch or dinner. It makes a ton, so it is good for potlucks too. We usually serve the casserole with some homemade biscuits and fruit. Here are a few of our favorite recipes from the blog that go great with this breakfast casserole:

Vanilla Pudding Fruit Salad

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

sausage and cheese grits casserole in baking dish

Sausage and Ranch Grits Casserole

Yield: 10 people
Prep Time 15 mins
Cook Time 45 mins
Total Time 1 hr
Sausage and Ranch Grits Casserole recipe – CRAZY good!!! We love this casserole for breakfast, lunch and dinner. Grits, chicken broth, milk, eggs, Velveeta, sausage, Ranch, cheddar cheese. Can make ahead and refrigerate or freeze for later. This always get RAVE reviews! SO good!!! #breakfast #casserole 

Ingredients:

  • 1 lb pork sausage
  • 6 cups chicken stock
  • 1 cup bottled Ranch dressing
  • 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 sausage over medium heat until no longer pink. Drain fat. Combine cooked sausage and ranch dressing. Set aside.
  • In a large saucepan, add chicken stock; 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 3/4 of sausage and ranch mixture.
  • Transfer grits to prepared dish. Sprinkle with shredded cheese and remaining sausage mixture.
  • Bake, uncovered, 40 to 45 minutes.

Notes:

  • I used a roll of Jimmy Dean Sausage. You can use any brand you prefer.
  • You can substitute turkey sausage for the pork sausage.
  • Here is our recipe for Homemade Ranch Dressing: https://www.plainchicken.com/copycat-outback-ranch-dressing/
  • Can Grits Casserole be made in advance? Yes! You can assemble the casserole ahead of time and refrigerate overnight. You may need to add a few minutes to the cooking time if you are baking straight from the refrigerator.
  • Can Grits Casserole be frozen? Yes! Assemble the casserole and cover and freeze unbaked. When ready to bake, place in refrigerator and let thaw overnight. Remove from refrigerator 30 minutes before baking. Increase baking time to 60 minutes.
  • If you don’t need the whole recipe, you can split the casserole between two pans and freeze one for later.

Steph

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