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!

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