Cheesy Grits Casserole

March 18, 2012

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Feeling hung over after all those pints of Guinness yesterday? If so, you’ll need some home cooked comfort food to make it all better. This cheesy grits casserole will set you straight.

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We ate this the morning after our wedding and it definitely saved the day! After a long night of drinking and dancing, these creamy, crispy grits tasted so amazing I had to get the recipe to share with ya’ll.  The original recipe calls for sausage, but I’ve listed the ingredients for the vegetarian friendly version. (If you’re a carnivore, the recipe calls for 2 lbs cooked, drained sausage that should be added just before baking.)

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You’ll only need a few ingredients and a cast iron skillet or casserole dish to get you on the path to recovery.

Cheesy Grits Casserole
2 cups of water
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 cup quick grits
8 ounces shredded sharp cheddar cheese
4 beaten eggs
1 cup milk
2 teaspoons fresh thyme (or 1/2 teaspoon dried)
1/8 teaspoon garlic salt or onion powder (optional)
oil for the skillet

Directions: Bring water and salt to a boil in quart size pan, stir in grits.  Return to a boil and reduce heat.  Cook about 4 minutes, until grits are thick and creamy. 

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Combine grits and cheese in a large mixing bowl.  Stir until cheese melts.

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Combine eggs, milk, thyme, salt, garlic salt and mix well. 

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Stir egg mixture into grits. (Add cooked sausage to the mix here.)  Pour into a greased cast iron skillet (or casserole dish).  Bake at 350 degrees for 50 minutes, until cooked through.

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Serve with a sprig of thyme for garnish and enjoy a speedy recovery!

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Aparna B. @ Not A Leaf March 23, 2012 at 8:46 am

Sounds so great, Jen! Grits just remind me of living in Mississippi. While we obviously never made it at home (I don’t think my mom even knows what grits are lol <3), when I'd sleep over at any friends house, you can bet these were a staple of our Sunday breakfast! I much prefer savory grits to just stirring in jam or sugar. Thx for sharing!

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brandi March 21, 2012 at 9:58 am

oh my goodness this looks so good. i finally got my husband on board with grits – he would DIE

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Jen @ Keepitsimplefoods March 21, 2012 at 7:41 pm

Glad he has discovered grits! They are amazing!

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Lauren March 19, 2012 at 7:15 pm

I remember this from the post wedding brunch…. thanks for posting the recipe!

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Erin March 19, 2012 at 2:33 pm

We usually have a grits casserole every Christmas and it is one of my favorite things. This one looks delicious! :)

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