Baked Sausage and Creamy White Cheddar Grits

Yield: 9-12 breakfast servings 

Nonstick cooking spray

1 pound breakfast or bulk sausage, spicy flavor preferred

1 large red bell pepper, ribs and seeds removed and chopped

2-1/2 cups cold water

1 cup milk

1/4 teaspoon salt

1 cup quick-cooking grits

1/2 teaspoon dry mustard

1 teaspoon dried thyme

6 ounces white sharp Cheddar cheese, shredded, DIVIDED

2 large eggs, well beaten

Peach mango fruit salsa

 

  1. Preheat oven to 350F. Spray a 7x11-inch baking dish with nonstick cooking spray.
  2. In a large heavy nonstick skillet, cook sausage over medium heat, breaking up sausage into small pieces.  Cook until no longer pink. Drain on clean paper towels.
  3. Drain all but 1/2 to 1 teaspoon of pan drippings. Add red peppers to skillet and cook until soft.
  4. In a separate heavy saucepan, bring water, milk and salt to a boil. Slowly stir in grits.  Immediately reduce heat and cook, stirring constantly, until slightly thickened, about 7 minutes.
  5. Add mustard, thyme and 1 cup cheese, stirring until cheese melts. Cool slightly and fold in sausage and red pepper. Stir in beaten eggs.
  6. Pour into baking dish. Sprinkle top with remaining cheese.
  7. Bake in preheated oven for 40-45 minutes or until light golden brown. Grits should be firm and set in the center.
  8. Let stand 10 minutes before serving.
  9. Serve with peach mango fruit salsa.

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