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Ham & Cheese Grits Casserole

My book club ladies often ask me to bring “those grits.” I'd tell you how to store them, but I never have any left! — Debi Mitchell, Flower Mound, Texas
  • Total Time
    Prep: 30 min. Bake: 35 min. + standing
  • Makes
    6 servings

Ingredients

  • 3 cups chicken stock
  • 1 cup quick-cooking grits
  • 1/2 cup Southwestern-style egg substitute
  • 5 ounces reduced-fat process cheese (Velveeta), cubed
  • 1/4 cup 2% milk
  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • 1-1/4 cups cubed fully cooked ham
  • 3 green onions, chopped
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon pepper
  • 1/8 to 1/4 teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes
  • 3/4 cup shredded cheddar cheese

Directions

  • Preheat oven to 350°. In a large saucepan, bring stock to a boil. Slowly stir in grits. Reduce heat to medium-low; cook, covered, about 5 minutes or until thickened, stirring occasionally. Remove from heat. In a small bowl, stir a small amount of hot grits into egg substitute; return all to pan, mixing well.
  • Add process cheese, milk and butter; stir until cheese is melted. Stir in ham, green onions and seasonings. Transfer to a greased 11x7-in. baking dish. Sprinkle with cheddar cheese.
  • Bake, uncovered, 35-40 minutes or until edges are golden brown and cheese is melted. Let stand 10 minutes before serving.
Nutrition Facts
1 piece: 284 calories, 12g fat (7g saturated fat), 51mg cholesterol, 1212mg sodium, 26g carbohydrate (3g sugars, 1g fiber), 20g protein.

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  • katecrid47
    May 10, 2017

    This was really great! The whole family loved it! Easy to put together and yummy! Thanks for sharing!

  • kimmik22
    Mar 29, 2017

    deearoberts - 3 x lg eggs is the answer.I omitted the salt & added extra pepper, used unsalted butter & reduced sodium broth. Come on people THINK! Ham is salty, end of story. Omit the salt if you want it less salty.

  • Tooney
    Mar 27, 2017

    For conversion, use one large egg for each 1/4 cup egg substitute. This particular recipe will use two large eggs.

  • Jenny
    Mar 27, 2017

    It's delicious! The recipe only calls for 1/4 teaspoon of salt; perhaps those who found it too salty used a very salty ham?

  • deeann
    Mar 27, 2017

    If I wanted to use real eggs, how many would I use?

  • jshearer
    Jun 5, 2016

    These grits are great. I most often leave out the ham and make shrimp and grits, with the shrimp cooked separately.

  • cmayf
    Nov 6, 2014

    Wonderful! Best grits casserole I've ever tasted. Good amount of spicy!

  • danielleylee
    May 5, 2014

    Excellent breakfast dish! Great way to use up leftover Easter ham! Now I did use real cheese mild cheddar instead of the fake cheese and fat free milk. I did not have southwest type of egg substitute so I used plain egg substitute and added two tablespoons of salsa. This recipe cuts in half very well for a smaller crowd.

  • vbag
    Apr 21, 2014

    This was extremely good, very pleasing to the palette! I like the green onion addition with the crush red pepper flakes. I added some Parmesan to give it a little more kick as well.

  • mehalv
    Feb 9, 2014

    This was pretty good but a bit too salty for me (and I love salty foods!). Could have used more veggies, such as bell peppers, as another reviewer suggested.