Cheese Grits are about as Southern as it gets, and this delicious Southern Cheese Grits Casserole is a perfect side dish for everything from an elegant Easter or Mother’s Day Breakfast or Brunch to a quick weekday meal.
For a change of pace, this year why not entertain your family and friends with my easy Easter Brunch menu: Southern Cheese Grits Casserole, Sweet Potato Biscuits with Country Ham and Cranberry Aioli, Make-Ahead Frozen Fruit Salad and Lemon and Blackberry Bread Pudding. ( I will be posting this recipe in a day or two.)
Cheese Grits are the ultimate comfort food in the South and, if you have never had them, well let’s just say you don’t know what you’re missing. They are inexpensive, quick and easy to make, nutritious, gluten-free, and you can serve them for breakfast, lunch, or dinner. They can easily be substituted for their cousin polenta, mashed potatoes, or any starch or grain and are delicious all by themselves or topped with bacon, ham or sausage, barbecue pork, shrimp, beef short ribs, tomatoes, spinach; you get the picture. Grits are even in vogue now with “Grits Bar” stations popping up at wedding receptions and other Southern soirees.
I’ve been eating cheese grits my entire life and I have to say it’s hands down my favorite breakfast food! This yummy Southern Cheese Grits Casserole takes all of the yumminess of regular cheese grits and transports it into an incredible company-worthy casserole that feeds a crowd.
If you like cheese grits, you also might want to try my scrumptious Easy Cheesy Parmesan Shrimp and Grits entrée, if you have never had grits, this recipe will make a believer out of you!
The ingredients for Southern Cheese Grits Casserole includes quick-cooking grits, sharp cheddar cheese (You can use any hard cheese you like or have on hand and, if you are a cheese lover like me, feel free to add up to 2 more cups of cheese. It will just be our little secret!), milk, butter, Worcestershire sauce, garlic powder, ground red pepper, eggs, Parmesan cheese, and paprika.
To make Southern Cheese Grits Casserole, gather your ingredients and preheat the oven to 350 degrees.
Add water and salt to a large saucepan over high heat and bring to a boil. Add the grits and mix well, bring back to a boil. Reduce the heat to low and simmer covered for five minutes. Stir occasionally.
Remove from the heat and add the cheddar cheese, milk, butter, Worcestershire sauce, ground red pepper, and garlic powder. Mix well to combine.
When the butter and cheese have melted, add the eggs and make sure they are thoroughly mixed in with the other ingredients.
Spray a 2-quart baking dish with non-stick cooking spray and pour in the mixture. Sprinkle with paprika and the parmesan cheese.
Bake uncovered for one hour. Let the casserole stand for 5-10 minutes before serving.