This brunch casserole is great to either mix together and bake immediately or may be refrigerated and baked the next morning. It is perfect to bring bring for a holiday brunch or to a morning family gathering. The rosemary complements a Southern tradition. Can be refrigerated overnight and baked for 1 hour in the morning if desired.



Recipe Summary

10 mins
50 mins
1 hr
1 2-quart casserole


Original recipe yields 10 servings
The ingredient list now reflects the servings specified
Ingredient Checklist


Instructions Checklist
  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C).

  • Layer ham into a 2-quart casserole dish.

  • Bring water to a boil in a saucepan. Slowly pour grits into the water while stirring constantly. Reduce heat to medium-low, and simmer until the grits are tender and thick, 3 to 4 minutes. Mix Cheddar cheese and butter into grits.

  • Whisk milk, eggs, salt, and cayenne pepper together in a bowl; stir in rosemary and garlic. Pour grit mixture over ham. Cover casserole dish with aluminum foil.

  • Bake in the preheated oven until casserole is bubbling, about 45 minutes.

Nutrition Facts

468 calories; protein 28.2g 57% DV; carbohydrates 14.9g 5% DV; fat 32.3g 50% DV; cholesterol 182.7mg 61% DV; sodium 1624.6mg 65% DV. Full Nutrition

Reviews (10)

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11 Ratings
  • 5 star values: 8
  • 4 star values: 3
  • 3 star values: 0
  • 2 star values: 0
  • 1 star values: 0
Rating: 5 stars
I made this for Easter breakfast and it was absolutely delicious!! However it was a bit runny after 45 minutes and I ended up draining some liquid off the top and then baking it for well over an hour. Any ideas on what I did wrong? I will definitely use this recipe again for left over ham.....a real keeper that I will pass on to my sisters. Read More
Rating: 5 stars
Wow A must try for Cheese Grits lovers that like a little heat.. The ingredient flavors blend very well together. Don't wait for the holidays to try it! Read More
Rating: 5 stars
This was really good. I didn't have the full amount of ham so I used what I had.. still came out delicious. Next time I think I'll leave the ham the same amount but add a veggie like broccoli Read More
Rating: 5 stars
Awesome!!! Welcome change from the usual egg and potato casserole. I had to guess on the grits because I only had instant-- following the box directions for 3 servings-- but I would recommend 4 if someone else has the same dilemma. Regardless the flavor was rich and delicious. I bake mine in 2 8x8" pans because I was concerned the casserole would run over in the oven. Family loved it. Thank you! Read More
Rating: 5 stars
If this review was solely my own I would give this 4 stars. However my husband raved about it. He told me how much he liked it when I debuted it at dinner and then again the next day when he ate leftovers for lunch and then the day after that he expressed disappointment when there were no more leftovers for breakfast. So thanks to his rave reviews and the ease of preparation this gets 5 stars. The rosemary flavor really makes the dish. It's amazing how a little of the herb goes such a long way. Read More
Rating: 5 stars
This was really good. Like other viewer will add broccoli next time. Some of my guests thought it was a little spiced but I thought it was fine. Read More
Rating: 5 stars
Made this two ways with the grits and another with cornbread both was a hit with the family and friends. Read More
Rating: 5 stars
This was great. I needed to increase the cooking time a bit and turned the oven to 370 at high altitude. Great for using up that holiday ham. Read More
Rating: 4 stars
Quite runny. Next time I will add one more egg and a bit more grits. I loved the taste! Read More