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Baked Garlic-and-Herb Cheese Grits

Yield Makes 10 to 12 servings

Ingredients

  • 4 cups water
  • 4 cups milk
  • 1 1/4 teaspoons salt
  • 2 cups uncooked regular grits
  • 2 (6.5-ounce) containers garlic-and-herb spreadable cheese
  • 1 teaspoon seasoned pepper
  • 1 cup shredded Parmesan cheese
  • 4 large eggs, lightly beaten
  • 8 bacon slices, cooked and crumbled
  • 1/4 cup chopped fresh parsley

How to Make It

  1. Bring first 3 ingredients to a boil in a large saucepan over medium-high heat; gradually whisk in grits.

  2. Return to a boil; reduce heat to low. Cook, covered, over low heat, stirring often, 20 minutes or until thickened. Stir in spreadable cheese, pepper, and Parmesan cheese.

  3. Stir about one-fourth of grits mixture gradually into beaten eggs; add remaining grits mixture, stirring constantly. Pour into a lightly greased 13- x 9-inch baking dish.

  4. Bake at 350º for 45 to 55 minutes or until golden brown and set. Remove from oven, and sprinkle with bacon and parsley.

  5. Note: Casserole may be prepared and chilled up to 24 hours before baking. Let stand at room temperature 30 minutes. Bake as directed. Remove from oven, and sprinkle with bacon and parsley. For testing purposes only, we used Alouette Garlic and Herbs Gourmet Spreadable Cheese.