It’s quail season! Down in here in Statesboro, that means bird suppers: quail, grits and coleslaw or greens. I can’t take responsibility for roasting the quail, but I can handle making a side dish. This recipe for Baked Cheese Grits is so old that I can’t remember where I got it – I wrote it on an index card and stuck it in my recipe binder (how’s that for analog?) probably ten years ago. I always get compliments on this. The grits keep their creamy consistency and don’t turn into hardened grits cakes. Best part? You can make this ahead of time, which I do for Christmas morning brunch.
Baked Cheese Grits
What You Need
2 cups quick grits, uncooked
salt & pepper to taste
4 cups grated sharp Cheddar cheese, divided
4 eggs beaten
1/4 teaspoon Cayenne pepper
What You Do
Spray 3-quart casserole dish liberally with cooking spray.
Prepare the 2 cups grits according to package directions. Season with salt and pepper.
Mix in 3 cups of cheddar cheese, the beaten eggs and cayenne pepper. *I do this right in the grits pot!
Pour into greased casserole dish. *Can be covered in foil and left overnight at this point. Just take out of the fridge an hour before you plan to cook it.
Bake at 350 for 45 minutes. Sprinkle with additional cup of grated cheese.
Bake 15 minutes more, until grits are bubbling hot. Remove from oven and cool for five minutes before serving.
PS – No matter how many recipes I pin on Pinterest, I always look to my recipe binder when I’m serious about cooking. Joe gave me this Williams Sonoma Entertaining Journal when we first got married, and over the years I have filled it with recipes torn from magazines, recipes printed out from Pinterest (yes, I know that defeats the purpose) and recipes handwritten from my mom on little recipe cards. I know there are a ton of apps to find new recipes and organize existing recipes…but I’m a paper person and don’t think I’ll ever give up doing it the old-fashioned way.
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Three more tips:
Consider the addition of a framed cocktail recipe. It’s nice to give guests a guide!
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