Every time I make this someone wants the recipe. It is great if you have overnight guests. Make it ahead and enjoy the morning with them. Check for doneness by inserting a knife in casserole. If it comes out clean you are ready to serve. This is a great brunch recipe served with biscuits, sweet rolls, and fresh fruit.

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Recipe Summary

prep:
15 mins
cook:
1 hr 10 mins
total:
1 hr 25 mins
Servings:
12
Yield:
12 servings
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Ingredients

12
Original recipe yields 12 servings
The ingredient list now reflects the servings specified
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Directions

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  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C). Grease a 9x13-inch baking dish.

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  • Bring water, half-and-half, and salt to a boil in a saucepan; slowly whisk in grits. Reduce heat to low and simmer, stirring occasionally, until thick, about 20 minutes. Stir in Cheddar cheese and butter until melted. Cool.

  • Heat a large skillet over medium-high heat. Cook and stir sausage in the hot skillet until browned and crumbly, 5 to 7 minutes; drain and discard grease.

  • Beat eggs and milk together in a bowl. Stir sausage, egg mixture, orange bell pepper, and red bell pepper into grits mixture. Pour grits mixture into prepared baking dish.

  • Bake in the preheated oven until set, 45 to 60 minutes.

Cook's Notes:

You can substitute turkey sausage for the pork sausage, if desired.

If you're not baking this casserole immediately, cover the dish with a lid or plastic wrap and store overnight in the refrigerator.

Nutrition Facts

343 calories; protein 13.8g; carbohydrates 13.5g; fat 26g; cholesterol 116.6mg; sodium 735.6mg. Full Nutrition
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Rating: 5 stars
05/09/2015
Made it this morning for breakfast for six teenagers and they gobbled it up. Luckily there were two servings left so I was able to get a taste. Its very good and was ready after 45 minutes baking. I used linked sausage cut to bite sizes since I didn't have loose sausage on hand. Will be making again! Read More
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Most helpful critical review

Rating: 3 stars
01/07/2016
Followed recipe as described. The grits/cheese mixture was great as I was making and I thought the finished product would be delicious. But the downside for me was the 1/2 cup of butter. I think the most needed would be 1-2 tbsp. When finished the butter made the casserole runny and the taste way too rich. I'll try again but next time with little or no added butter. Read More
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27 Ratings
  • 5 star values: 22
  • 4 star values: 2
  • 3 star values: 3
  • 2 star values: 0
  • 1 star values: 0
Rating: 5 stars
05/09/2015
Made it this morning for breakfast for six teenagers and they gobbled it up. Luckily there were two servings left so I was able to get a taste. Its very good and was ready after 45 minutes baking. I used linked sausage cut to bite sizes since I didn't have loose sausage on hand. Will be making again! Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
01/14/2018
This is very good! I used quick grits because that is what I had on hand so it did not take the full 20 minutes for them to thicken. Next time I would reduce the fluid just a tiny bit (maybe 1/8 of a cup) as I think they would set better if using quick grits. This would also be fantastic with ham or bacon too or any combination of meats. In the future, I may add a tiny bit of cheese to the top the last few minutes of baking. I will definitely make this again. It was a huge hit with my family. Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
08/01/2016
I made this recipe for my bible stud class and it was a huge hit. The casserole was very tasty, good texture and a hearty meal by itself. Very easy to make and I like being able to make ahead the night before actually cooking the dish. I will definitely make this recipe again. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
04/13/2015
This is such a delicious way to make grits! All of the ingredients are perfectly balanced! I did add a touch of salt while cooking the grits and saved a bit of cheese to top the casserole. Baked perfectly in 45 minutes for me. Will be making this again! Would be great for company and brunch! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
01/24/2016
This is a great breakfast or brunch pot luck dish. I've made it for work twice and everyone loves it. I also add a touch of salt to the grits and sprinkle some cheese on top. I like things a bit spicy so I either use hot sausage or add a little cayenne when I mix in the sausage. Read More
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Rating: 3 stars
01/07/2016
Followed recipe as described. The grits/cheese mixture was great as I was making and I thought the finished product would be delicious. But the downside for me was the 1/2 cup of butter. I think the most needed would be 1-2 tbsp. When finished the butter made the casserole runny and the taste way too rich. I'll try again but next time with little or no added butter. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
12/29/2017
We have had this every Christmas morning for the last 20 years - our sons expect it. I do use turkey sausage crumbles to save cleaning a skillet and I add a tsp of dry mustard. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
03/19/2018
Made it with regular grits and left the bell peppers out. Brought it to a bunch buffet at work and everyone loved it!!! Will def make again for my family Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
12/30/2016
This was an easy & perfect Christmas morning casserole. I used lean turkey sausage & it turned out delicious! Everyone loved it. Read More
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