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Sausage Loaded Grits Casserole For Breakfast

Sausage Loaded Grits Casserole For Breakfast

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Looking for an easy, delicious breakfast recipe that will keep you full until lunchtime? Look no further than this Sausage Loaded Grits Casserole! This dish is loaded with flavor and takes just minutes to prepare. Plus, it’s perfect for a weekend breakfast or brunch. So give this casserole a try today and enjoy a hearty breakfast that everyone will love!

What are grits?

You may be wondering if you haven’t eaten them before. Grits are a type of porridge made with cornmeal that has been boiled in water or milk, then served hot with butter and salt. They are very popular in the South, and many people like to top them with cheese, bacon, or sausage. Grits can also be used in casseroles, soups, and other dishes.

What are the benefits of eating grits?

Grits are an excellent source of protein and carbohydrates. They also contain vitamin B-12, which is important for brain function! Plus, they’re loaded with fiber that helps keep you full longer than other breakfast foods like cereal or toast.

Are grits the same thing as hominy?

No, they’re not! Hominy is made from dried corn kernels that have been soaked in an alkaline solution before cooking. The result is a soft texture with little flavor aside from being slightly salty – it’s also very easy to digest because there won’t be any hard bits leftover after cooking like what happens when making grits or polenta.

Can I use leftover grits instead of instant grits in this recipe?

Yes, you can! Just keep in mind that the consistency may be a bit different depending on how long they’ve been refrigerated before reheating. If using leftover grits from another meal such as dinner time, make sure they’re not too thick when cold so it won’t take forever to cook them back up at breakfast time!

What kind of sausage is best for loaded grits casserole?

While any type of breakfast sausage will work well in loaded grits casserole, I prefer to use a spicy Italian or hot link. The heat from these types of sausages adds another layer of flavor that compliments all the other ingredients perfectly!

If you’re not a fan though and would rather omit this part altogether then go ahead – just make sure there are enough other toppings on top of your loaded grits casserole to compensate for the missing meat. I would add sauteed onions and bell peppers.

What kind of cheese can I use in loaded grits casserole?

I like using sharp cheddar or a Mexican blend because they both have strong flavors that will stand up well against all those savory ingredients. However, you can use any type of cheese that you like – just make sure it melts well when baked into the casserole.

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Can grits casserole be made ahead?

This casserole can definitely be made ahead of time. Just follow the recipe all the way through up until baking, then cover it and refrigerate overnight. In the morning, let it come to room temperature before putting it in the oven to bake.

Country grits and sausage casserole

Let us get the show on the road and start making this recipe! Sausage-loaded grits casserole is definitely a hearty breakfast that will keep you full until lunchtime! It’s also a great way to use up any leftover grits from a previous meal. This casserole can definitely be made ahead of time, so it’s perfect for busy mornings when you don’t have time to cook breakfast. Give this recipe a try today – your stomach and taste buds will thank you later!

How do I make this Sausage Loaded Grits Casserole?

I get a kick out of the “instant grits” clip from the movie My Cousin Vinney:

First, you need to make the grits, then you can assemble the casserole to bake. Use leftover grits, slow cooking grits, quick-cooking grits, or even instant grits – but only if you are desperate. I just don’t think instant grits have enough “bulk” to really work for this.

Loaded grits casserole ingredients:

loaded grits casserole ingredients
  • 3 cups water
  • 1 cup quick-cooking grits
  • ¾ teaspoon salt, divided
  • 2 pounds pork sausage, cooked and drained
  • 2 cups shredded cheddar cheese, divided
  • 3 large eggs
  • 1 ½ milk
  • 2 tablespoon butter, melted
  • Black pepper to taste

Directions to make your grits casserole with sausage and egg:

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees and prepare a 9×13 inch baking dish with nonstick cooking spray.

Place the water and ½ teaspoon of salt in a saucepan and bring to a boil over high heat. Slowly whisk in the grits. Reduce the heat to low; cover and simmer for 5 minutes, stirring occasionally.

making grits breakfast casserole

In a medium-sized bowl, beat the eggs and milk together; then set it aside.  

making creamy grits casserole

In a large mixing bowl, combine the grits, sausage, and 1 ½ cups cheese. Add the egg mixture to the grits mixture. Add the melted butter, black pepper, and remaining salt.

grits breakfast casserole

Pour into the prepared baking dish. Sprinkle the top with the remaining cheese.

cheese topped grits casserole

Bake uncovered for about 1 hour or until a knife inserted in the center comes out clean. Let stand for 5 minutes before cutting so it sets up a bit.

ready to eat grits breakfast casserole

Have leftover grits casserole?

You can store any leftovers in the refrigerator for up to four days. Just make sure to cover the baking pan tightly with plastic wrap or tin foil so they don’t dry out. Better yet? Transfer it all to an air-tight container.

Can I freeze leftover grits casserole?

Yes, you can! Just let it cool completely and place in a freezer-friendly container for up to three months. To reheat, thaw overnight in the fridge or on your countertop at room temperature; then bake as directed above until heated through. 

grits breakfast casserole

How do I reheat leftover grits casserole?

If you’re reheating from the refrigerator, preheat the oven to 350 degrees and bake for about 20 minutes or until heated through. If you’re reheating from frozen, preheat the oven to 375 degrees and bake for about 30 minutes or until heated through.

Can I use the microwave to reheat leftover casserole?

Yes, you can use the microwave to reheat your casserole. Just make sure to cover it with plastic wrap and cook on high for about two minutes or until heated through.

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