Sunday, February 4, 2007

Cheese Grits Casserole

2 lbs mild pork sausage
4 c water
1 ¼ c quick-cooking grits, uncooked
4 c (16 oz) shredded sharp cheddar cheese
1 c milk
½ tsp dried thyme
1/8 tsp garlic powder
4 large eggs, lightly beaten

Preheat oven to 350.

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

Bring water and salt to a boil in a large saucepan; stir in grits. Return to a boil. Cover, reduce heat, and simmer 5 minutes, stirring occasionally. Remove from heat. Add cheese, milk, thyme and garlic powder, stirring until cheese melts. Stir in sausage and eggs.

Spoon mixture into a lightly greased 9 x 13 baking dish; sprinkle with paprika. Bake 350 for 1 hour or until thoroughly heated and lightly browned. Let stand 5 minutes before serving.

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