Baked Grits with Country Sausage & Cheddar

Down in the south we love our grits, but even my husband (from upstate NY) loves this dish! The eggs give it a creamy consistency, perfect with the spicy sausage & cheese! A friend (and former neighbor) made this for me & another friend on one of our weekly brunches & we all loved it. I just had to have the recipe! Some times I make it with country ham instead of sausage, both are fabulous! Ingredients:
1 lb Country Sausage
1 cup of Quick Cooking Grits
2 cups shredded Cheddar Cheese
4 Eggs
1/2 cup of Milk
1 stick of Butter
Salt & Pepper

Good dishes start with good ingredients. This is our favorite brand of sausage. If you don't live in NC, SC, or VA then you probably haven't had this. But it's good. My mother in law always gets some to take back to NY when she comes to visit.
Preheat your oven to 350 degrees. In a skillet over med/ high heat, brown your sausage. While your sausage is cooking, start your water for the grits. When the sausage is fully cooked, drain the excess fat & discard. Set aside. Cook the grits according to the package's stove top method. When the grits are fully cooked, add 1 stick of butter. (Yes, the whole stick, it's a big casserole!) In a medium mixing bowl, beat the eggs with the milk.
Temper the egg mixture by adding the warm grits, a little at a time. Eventually adding in all the grits, sausage, & about 1/2 of the cheese. Stir well to combine. Pour into a greased 9X13 glass baking dish & top with the remaining cheese. Bake at 350 degrees for 45-55 minutes.
Let the casserole cool for about 15 minutes, to set. Slice & serve warm.
Who wouldn't love to have this for breakfast?

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