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If you are not a Grits fan, please try these Meaty Cheesy Baked Grits. They are so creamy, cheesy, and wonderful!
Like most Southerners, I grew up eating grits not only for breakfast but as a side dish. Every southern cookbook I own has a recipe for grits casserole. That is how truly popular grits are in the South. I love to add bacon and sausage to this recipe for breakfast. When I eat this casserole for breakfast, I prepare this dish the night before and just pop it into the oven the next morning.
I was raised in lower Alabama. We had an abundance of fresh seafood, especially shrimp and fish. These cheesy grits without the bacon and sausage are excellent with shrimp or fish. Cheesy Baked Grits are the perfect side dish.
My original recipe came from Miss Daisy Celebrates Tennessee Cookbook. I add a little garlic, a pound of sausage, browned and drained and a pound of bacon cooked and crumbled to this recipe. My family loves the meat in these Cheesy Baked Grits. The picture above shows the meat in the baked grits. I also like my grits a little runny. The picture below is without the bacon and sausage in the grits. I also cooked it a bit longer, about 35 minutes. However you like your grits, try these Cheesy Baked Grits. They truly are delicious!
Meaty Cheesy Baked Grits
4 cups water
1 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon black pepper
1 teaspoon garlic powder
1 cup quick cooking grits
4 tablespoons butter
2 cups cheddar cheese (1 cup for recipe and 1 cup to top the grits)