Cheesy Grits Bake

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Ingredients

  1. 2 T butter
  2. 1/4 c finely chopped yellow onion
  3. 2 t minced garlic
  4. 4 1/2 cups water
  5. 1 t salt
  6. 1 1/2 c uncooked yellow stone-ground grits
  7. 2 (8 oz) pkg cubed boneless ham, drained and patted dry with paper towels or 1 lb breakfast sausaged cooked
  8. 1 (8 oz) pkg shredded sharp Cheddar cheese
  9. 1 (8 oz) pkg shredded extra-sharp Cheddar cheese
  10. 1 c whole milk
  11. 1 c fresh corn kernels (from about 2 ears), optional
  12. 1 1/2 t chopped fresh thyme
  13. 1/4 t pepper
  14. 4 large eggs, lightly beaten

Instructions

  1. Lightly grease a 3-quart baking dish.
  2. Preheat oven to 350°F.
  3. Melt butter in a Dutch oven over medium; stir in onion and garlic, and cook, stirring constantly, 2 minutes.
  4. Stir in water and salt, increase heat to medium-high, and bring to a boil.
  5. Whisk in grits, and stir in ham; return to a boil.
  6. Reduce heat to medium-low, and simmer, whisking occasionally, until thickened and grits are almost tender, 15 to 20 minutes.
  7. Remove from heat; add both cheeses, stirring until completely melted.
  8. Stir in milk, corn (if using), thyme, pepper, and eggs.
  9. Spoon mixture into prepared baking dish.
  10. Bake in preheated oven until golden and cooked through, 50 minutes to 1 hour.
  11. Let stand 15 minutes before serving.

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Serves: 8
Prep Time: 30 minutes
Cook Time: 50 minutes
Course: Breakfast/Brunch
Type of Food: Cassserole,Egg Dish
Ethnicity/Origin: Southern
Key Ingredient: Ham,Grits,Eggs
Difficulty: 2 - Medium
Make Ahead: Yes
Prep Method: Stovetop,Oven Bake
Themes/Holidays: Tailgate

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