Country Grits and Sausage Casserole
2 cups water
1/2 cup quick-cooking grits, uncooked
3 1/2 cups shredded extra-sharp Cheddar cheese
4 eggs, lightly beaten garnish)
1 cup milk
1/2 teaspoon dried whole thyme
1/8 teaspoon garlic powder
1 1/2 pounds mild bulk pork sausage, cooked, crumbled and drained
Tomato wedges (for garnish)
Fresh parsley sprigs (for garnish)
Bring water to boil; stir in grits. Return to boil; reduce heat to low, and cook 4 minutes, stirring occasionally.
Add cheese, stirring until melted.
Combine eggs, milk, thyme and garlic powder; stir well.
Gradually stir about one-fourth of hot grits mixture into egg mixture; add to remaining hot mixture, stirring constantly.
Stir in sausage.
Pour into a lightly greased 11 x 7-inch baking dish. At this point, you can refrigerate for up to 8 hours.
Bake, uncovered, at 350 degrees F for 50 minutes or until set.
Garnish, if desired.
Yield: 6 to 8 servings