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Baked Sausage and Creamy White Cheddar Grits

Baked Sausage and Creamy White Cheddar GritsRecipe courtesy of the National Hot Dog and Sausage Council.

Recipe Ingredients:

Nonstick cooking spray
1 pound breakfast or bulk sausage, spicy flavor preferred
1 large red bell pepper, ribs and seeds removed and chopped
2 1/2 cups cold water
1 cup milk
1/4 teaspoon salt
1 cup quick-cooking grits
1/2 teaspoon dry mustard
1 teaspoon dried thyme
6 ounces white sharp cheddar cheese, shredded - divided use
2 large eggs, well beaten

Cooking Directions:

  1. Preheat oven to 350°F (175°C). Spray a 11x7-inch baking dish with nonstick cooking spray.
  2. In a large heavy nonstick skillet, cook sausage over medium heat, breaking up sausage into small pieces. Cook until no longer pink. Drain on clean paper towels.
  3. Drain all but 1/2 to 1 teaspoon of pan drippings. Add red peppers to skillet and cook until soft.
  4. In a separate heavy saucepan, bring water, milk and salt to a boil. Slowly stir in grits. Immediately reduce heat and cook, stirring constantly, until slightly thickened, about 7 minutes.
  5. Add mustard, thyme and 1 cup cheese, stirring until cheese melts. Cool slightly and fold in sausage and red pepper. Stir in beaten eggs. Pour into baking dish. Sprinkle top with remaining cheese.
  6. Bake in preheated oven for 40 to 45 minutes or until light golden brown. Grits should be firm and set in the center.
  7. Let stand 10 minutes before serving.

Makes 9 servings.

Tip: This dish is especially nice served with peach mango fruit salsa.

Recipe and photograph courtesy of the National Hot Dog and Sausage Council.