- 8 bacon strips, chopped
- 2 cups 2% milk
- 1-1/4 cups water
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- 1 cup quick-cooking grits
- 1/2 cup maple syrup
- 4 eggs, lightly beaten
- Minced fresh chives, optional
- Preheat oven to 350°. In a large skillet, cook bacon over medium heat until crisp, stirring occasionally. Remove with a slotted spoon; drain on paper towels. Reserve 2 tablespoons drippings.
- In a large saucepan, bring milk, water and salt to a boil. Slowly stir in grits. Reduce heat to medium-low; cook, covered, 5-7 minutes or until thickened, stirring occasionally. Remove from heat; stir in maple syrup, half of the cooked bacon and reserved drippings.
- In a small bowl, whisk a small amount of hot grits into eggs until blended; return all to pan, mixing well. Transfer to a greased 8-in.-square baking dish.
- Bake, uncovered, 1 hour or until a knife inserted near the center comes out clean. Sprinkle with remaining bacon and, if desired, chives; let stand 5 minutes before serving. Yield: 8 servings.
Reviews for Maple-Bacon Grits Puff
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"This is a little bland, but we will try again. Maybe add some onion, sausage, garlic. Love the texture!"
"Very tasty brunch casserole dish. I will make it again. I'd like to try throwing in some onions and cheese for additional flavor."
"This is amazing - will definitely make for my Sunday brunch more often."
"I usually make cheese grits, but the maple-bacon combo in this recipe is a real winner. I used egg substitute for the eggs, and dark (Grade B) maple syrup, which has a more pronounced flavor. Great for a brunch."