Tuesday, January 14, 2014

Sausage & Cheese Grits Breakfast Casserole


2 lbs.  Breakfast sausage
2 cups water
2 cups chicken broth
1 teaspoon salt
1 1/4 cups quick-cooking grits
1 lb sharp cheddar cheese, shredded
6 tablespoons butter
1 cup milk
1 teaspoon garlic powder
1 teaspoon paprika
1 teaspoon cayenne pepper (optional)
6 eggs beaten

Brown sausage in a large skillet, stirring until it crumbles and cooks through.  Drain well, and set aside.

Bring water and chicken broth to a boil in a large saucepan; stir in salt and grits then return to a boil.  Cover pan, reduce heat to medium and simmer 10 minutes, stirring occasionally.  Remove from heat; add cheese, milk, butter, garlic, paprika, and cayenne pepper; stirring until cheese melts.  Stir in sausage and eggs.  Spoon mixture into a lightly greased 13x9 baking dish.

Bake, uncovered, at 352 degrees for 45-55 minutes or until golden and bubbly and a knife inserted in the middle comes out clean.  Let stand 15 minutes before serving.

Make-Ahead directions: Prepare casserole mixture as directed but do not bake.  Cover and refrigerate overnight.  Remove from refrigerator; let stand, covered 30 minutes.  Uncover and bake as directed.

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