I, of course, keep my old Southern Living magazines and like to look through them before I get rid of them. I found this Smoky Sausage and Grits Casserole. Several things attracted me to this recipe - make ahead, cheesy, smoked sausage.....We enjoyed these for dinner one night and then the family enjoyed them for breakfast over the holidays.
I am sorry to say I don't have a picture. I had one but I must have deleted it. Southern Living's picture is way better any way. Check it out at... Southern Living.
Smoky Sausage and Grits Casserole (adapted from Southern Living)
1 1/2 lbs smoked sausage, chopped
1/2 tsp salt
1 1/2 cups uncooked quick-cooking grits
2 8 oz blocks sharp cheddar cheese, grated
1 cup milk
1 1/2 tsp chopped fresh thyme
1/4 tsp garlic powder
1/4 tsp black pepper
4 large eggs, lightly beaten
Vegetable cooking spray
Preheat oven to 350. Brown sausage in large skillet over medium-high heat, stirring often, for 7- 9 minutes or until browned and cooked, drain on paper towels.
Bring Salt and 4 1/2 cups water to boil in a large Dutch Oven over high heat. Whisk in grits and return to a boil. Cover, reduce heat to medium and simmer 5 minutes or until thickened, whisking occasionally. Remove from heat and add cheese, stirring until completely melted. Stir in milk and next 4 ingredients. Stir in sausage. Spoon mixture into a lightly greased 9 x 13 pan. Bake at 350 for 50 minutes to one hour - or until golden and cooked through. Let stand 5 minutes before serving.
*This dish can be assembled and stored in the fridge for up to four days; let is stand at room temp for 30 minutes before baking
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