Lazy Day Brunch

Here’s a dish we made on Christmas morning. It was so good we might just make it again on New Year’s Day! From our breakfast table to yours…

Turkey Sausage & Grits Casserole (3)Turkey Sausage & Grits Casserole

1 lb. crumbled turkey sausage

1 tsp salt

1 1/2 cup uncooked grits (quick cooking)

1 cup shredded Cheddar cheese (mild or sharp)

1 cup shredded Monterey Jack cheese

1 cup milk

1 tsp white or black pepper

1 tsp chopped fresh thyme

4 large eggs, beaten lightly

Vegetable or olive oil cooking spray

Preheat oven to 350°. Lightly brown sausage in a big skillet, stirring often. Set aside. Add salt to 4 1/2 cups water and boil in large pan. Stir in grits until gently boiling again. Cover grits and lower heat. Simmer 2-3 minutes, continue stirring.

Remove grits from heat, add cheeses and combine until melted. Stir in milk, thyme, pepper and eggs. Add sausage. Spoon contents into a 13×9 inch glass baking dish (lightly greased) and bake at 350° for about 50-60 minutes, or until golden brown on top. Once the casserole is done, let stand for 5-10 minutes then “gobble” it down! Serves 10-12.

 

Cooking Notes: 1. You can make this dish 1-2 days ahead. Follow recipe to assemble casserole, then place in fridge. When ready, bring to room temp (about 30-45 minutes) then bake. 2. After baking, if casserole doesn’t brown on top, place under a broiler for just a little bit but watch carefully!

Open the floodgates

Don’t you sometimes just crave a rainy day and the way it forces us to shift gears…suddenly there’s more time to read books, make fires, clean out your closets and, of course, Netflix binge. But we may have to build an ark over here if the rain doesn’t stop soon. The creek overflowed its banks this week and while we were all dismayed, the Danes couldn’t have been more delighted. Even sweet Lola hobbled down to the creek to join in the fun!

 

‘Tis the Season

The sounds of shotguns are starting to ring out through the hills and woods, so we’re all exercising a little more caution when venturing out for a walk or ride.

Hunting Season 2015-2016Even the dogs are ready for hunting season. 🙂