Grits and Greens Casserole

This grits and greens casserole was a fast hit with my family, and has turned into a Thanksgiving dish.

Prep Time:
15 mins
Cook Time:
1 hrs 10 mins
Additional Time:
5 mins
Total Time:
1 hrs 30 mins
12 servings


  • 6 slices bacon

  • 1 medium red onion, chopped

  • 8 cups chicken broth, divided

  • 2 cups half-and-half

  • 2 cups regular grits

  • 1 (12 ounce) package chopped turnip greens

  • 2 cups shredded Monterey Jack cheese

  • 1 cup grated Parmesan cheese

  • 1 cup salted butter, cubed

  • salt and ground black pepper to taste


  1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C).

  2. Place bacon in a large skillet and cook over medium-high heat, turning occasionally, until evenly browned, about 10 minutes. Drain bacon slices on paper towels; reserve some grease in the skillet. Let bacon cool enough to handle, about 5 minutes; chop and set aside.

  3. Heat reserved grease in the skillet over medium heat. Add onion and saute until golden, 7 to 10 minutes. Set aside.

  4. Combine 6 cups chicken broth and half-and-half in a large pot; bring to a boil. Stir in grits, return to a boil, and cover. Reduce heat to a simmer and cook, stirring often, until grits are tender, 25 to 30 minutes.

  5. While grits are cooking, bring remaining 2 cups chicken broth to a boil in another pot. Add greens, reduce heat, and cook until tender, about 10 minutes. Drain and squeeze out all liquid.

  6. Stir bacon, onions, Monterey Jack and Parmesan cheeses, butter, salt, and pepper into grits. When butter is melted, stir in greens. Transfer mixture to a 9x13-inch baking dish.

  7. Bake in the preheated oven until starting to brown on top, about 15 minutes.

Cook's Notes:

Don't use instant grits for this.

You can use spinach or collard greens instead of turnip, and heavy cream instead of half-and-half.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

432 Calories
30g Fat
26g Carbs
14g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 12
Calories 432
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 30g 39%
Saturated Fat 18g 90%
Cholesterol 87mg 29%
Sodium 1222mg 53%
Total Carbohydrate 26g 10%
Dietary Fiber 2g 5%
Total Sugars 2g
Protein 14g
Vitamin C 18mg 90%
Calcium 318mg 24%
Iron 2mg 9%
Potassium 239mg 5%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

** Nutrient information is not available for all ingredients. Amount is based on available nutrient data.

(-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a medically restrictive diet, please consult your doctor or registered dietitian before preparing this recipe for personal consumption.

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