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Cheese Grits & Sausage Breakfast Casserole Recipe

I can't resist this breakfast casserole. It bring all my favorites into one dish: creamy grits, tangy cheese, rich eggs and flavorful sausage! It's the perfect alternative to traditional breakfast casseroles. —Mandy Rivers, Lexington, South Carolina
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 30 min. Bake: 40 min. + standing YIELD:12 servings

Ingredients

  • 2 pounds Johnsonville® Mild Ground Italian Sausage
  • 2 cups water
  • 2 cups chicken broth
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1-1/4 cups quick-cooking grits
  • 1 pound sharp cheddar cheese, shredded
  • 1 cup 2% milk
  • 1-1/2 teaspoons garlic powder
  • 1 teaspoon rubbed sage
  • 6 eggs, beaten
  • Paprika, optional

Directions

  • 1. In a large skillet, cook sausage over medium heat until no longer pink; drain.
  • 2. In a large saucepan, bring the water, broth and salt to a boil. Slowly stir in grits. Reduce heat; cook and stir for 5-7 minutes or until thickened. Remove from the heat. Add the cheese, milk, garlic powder and sage, stirring until cheese is melted. Stir in sausage and eggs. Transfer to a greased 13-in. x 9-in. baking dish; sprinkle with paprika if desired.
  • 3. Bake, uncovered, at 350° for 40-45 minutes or until a knife inserted near the center comes out clean. Let stand for 10 minutes before serving. Yield: 12 servings.

Nutritional Facts

1 piece equals 496 calories, 35 g fat (17 g saturated fat), 201 mg cholesterol, 1,173 mg sodium, 17 g carbohydrate, 1 g fiber, 28 g protein.

Wine Pairings

Sparkling Wine

Enjoy this recipe with a sparkling wine.