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Maple-Bacon Grits Puff

 Maple-Bacon Grits Puff
Bacon and maple add salty sweetness to a grits dish that puffs, tastes yummy and is beautiful to look at. — Lotte Washburn, Sebring, Florida
8 ServingsPrep: 20 min. Bake: 1 hour

Ingredients

  • 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

Directions

  • 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.

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Nutritional Facts: 1 piece equals 247 calories, 10 g fat (3 g saturated fat), 121 mg cholesterol, 377 mg sodium, 31 g carbohydrate, 1 g fiber, 9 g protein.