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Make-Ahead Sausage and Grits Breakfast Casserole

This flavorful and hearty sausage and grits casserole is made ahead of time to just pop in the oven when guests arrive for any entertaining breakfast or brunch needs.

Serves 10
Ready in 55 mins
Prep time 10 mins
Cooking time 45 mins
480 calories per serving


> 1 (16 oz) tube breakfast sausage, thawed if frozen
> 3 cups water
> 3 cups whole milk
> 2 cups quick grits
> 2 cups shredded Cheddar cheese, divided
> 4 tbsp unsalted butter, cut into pieces
> 3 oz reduced-fat cream cheese, cut into pieces
> 1 tsp Worcestershire sauce
> Cooking spray
> 4 large eggs
> 1/4 cup chopped green onions (optional)


Add the sausage to a 10-inch skillet and cook on medium-high 6–8 min., until fully cooked, breaking apart with a wooden spoon. Using a slotted spoon, transfer sausage to bowl and reserve
Meanwhile, in a medium pot, bring the water and milk to a boil on high. Season well with salt and pepper. When boiling, whisk in the grits, stirring 3 to 5 min., until thickened. Reduce heat to low. To grits, add 1 cup Cheddar cheese, butter, cream cheese, and Worcestershire sauce. Add salt and pepper to taste. When cheeses and butter have melted, remove from heat and stir in sausage.
Coat a 9-by-13-inch baking dish with the cooking spray. In a large bowl, whisk together the eggs. Slowly stir in about ¼ cup grits to temper eggs. Continue slowly adding remaining grits until fully incorporated with eggs. Add mixture to prepared baking dish and top with remaining 1 cup Cheddar cheese. Let casserole cool. Spray a piece of foil with cooking spray, cover casserole with it, and refrigerate until ready to bake.
Preheat oven to 400°F. Remove foil and bake 30–35 min., until golden on top and hot. Let cool slightly before cutting and serving. Garnish with the green onions, if desired.

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