Grits and Cathy did not have the opportunity to meet until about 8 years ago when I tasted a Grits Breakfast dish at a party. They actually tasted good and weren’t just a mushy, bland bowl of nothing like I expected. Of course, what doesn’t taste good when mixed with cheese and sausage?
A few weeks ago I bought a bag of grits at Sprouts before I found a recipe for this yummy dish for my annual Mother’s Coffee/Tea. Every recipe I came across called for ‘instant grits’ not just plain old grits. After much searching, I found this recipe. As one Southern friend told me, instant grits aren’t as good so don’t even bother!
Grits are now like a dear, old friend (at least when cheese is involved). I plan to make this again, without the sausage, as a side dish for BBQ. MMMM, MMMM, good!
CHEESY SAUSAGE GRITS
1 cup grits (uncooked)
1 lb. breakfast sausage (bulk, if you need to use links, finely dice the cooked links)
1 cup onion (diced)
9 oz. green chiles (drained and chopped)
1/2 cup butter
2 eggs (slightly beaten)
2 cups cheddar cheese (shredded)
10 drops Tabasco
1 tsp sweet paprika
1/4 cup fresh parsley (chopped)
- Preheat the oven to 325°F.
- Cook the grits in 4 cups of salted water until done (follow package directions). (I whisked the grits into boiled water and it only took me about 5-10 minutes to cook the grits)
- Saute the sausage and onions, breaking the sausage into small pieces.
- Drain the grease from the sausage and onions.
- Add the chilies, butter, eggs, cheese and Tabasco to the cooked grits.
- Combine the sausage and onions with the grits mixture.
- Pour everything into a 9″x 13″ casserole and garnish with the paprika and parsley.
- The mixture can be refrigerated for up to two days before baking (bring to room temperature before baking to use the same bake time).
- Bake at 325°F for one (1) hour.
- (The recipe states that this freezes well but I didn’t have any left to freeze!)