Grits!! Nothing screams The South then a hot, steaming bowl of grits on a lazy weekend morning. Husband Man and my son had a HUGE addiction to grits at one point in their lives and had to have them for breakfast at least twice a week. That addiction has since died down and we have been left with all these grits to use up. While I am still on a mission to figure out what to do with the rest of them, I did make this wonderful casserole last weekend and wanted to share it with the rest of you 🙂 The original recipe calls for Gouda Cheese, but I looked high and low for some and couldn’t find any…so I opted for pepper jack cheese. The spices from the cheese and the sausage, combined with the hot sauce made for one flavorful casserole! We loved it! This would make a great casserole to make for Thanksgiving Day Brunch 😉
By the way, not sure if any of you know out there, but GRITS also stands for the phrase, “Girls Raised In The South.” If you ever come down here, you will see t-shirts and coffee cups and sweatshirts with this phrase written all over them 😉 I’m still not sure if I consider myself a native of the south. I am an Army Brat and grew up all up and down the East Coast and in Germany….but I have spent the majority of my teenage years up until the present time below the Mason-Dixon Line. So this is an identity crisis that I am still trying to figure out! 😉 In the meantime, I will continue to hunt down recipes that call for instant grits. If any of you would like to share some, please do so 😉
Sausage, Cheese, and Grit Casserole
1 pound bulk spicy pork sausage
4 cups water
1 cup quick-cooking grits
4 ounces shredded Gouda cheese (we used pepper jack cheese)
3 tablespoons butter
1/4 teaspoon hot pepper sauce
3 eggs, beaten
Preheat oven to 375 degrees F (190 degrees C).
Cook the sausage in a large skillet over medium-high heat, stirring until the sausage is crumbly and lightly browned. Drain off the grease and place the sausage in a bowl. Meanwhile, bring the water to a boil in a large saucepan over high heat. Stir in the grits, and reduce heat to medium-low. Cook and stir constantly for 5 minutes until the grits are tender, or follow package directions.
Stir together the sausage, cheese, butter, hot pepper sauce, and eggs. Fold in the grits until combined, then spread into an ungreased, small casserole dish. Bake in the preheated oven until golden brown on top, 30 to 40 minutes.