Baked Grits and Greens With Bacon

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Prepare through Step 2 up to a day ahead; cover and chill. Remove from the fridge, add the buttered crushed croutons, and let stand 30 minutes before baking.

Yield:

Makes 8 to 10 servings

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Recipe Time

Prep: 20 Minutes
Cook: 8 Minutes
Bake: 30 Minutes

Ingredients

1 teaspoon garlic salt
1 cup uncooked quick-cooking grits
1/3 cup finely chopped red onion
5 tablespoons butter, divided
2 large eggs
1 (10-oz.) package frozen chopped spinach, thawed and drained
1 1/2 cups (6 oz.) shredded Parmesan cheese
1/2 cup bottled creamy Caesar dressing
1 (3-oz.) package bacon bits
1/2 teaspoon freshly ground pepper
1 1/4 cups coarsely crushed garlic-flavored croutons

Preparation

1. Preheat oven to 350°. Bring garlic salt and 4 cups water to a boil in a large saucepan over medium-high heat; gradually stir in grits. Reduce heat to medium, and cook, stirring often, 5 minutes or until thickened. Remove from heat, and stir in onion and 3 Tbsp. butter.

2. Whisk together eggs and next 5 ingredients in a large bowl. Stir about one-fourth of grits mixture gradually into egg mixture; add remaining grits mixture, stirring constantly. Pour into a lightly greased 13- x 9-inch baking dish.

3. Melt remaining 2 Tbsp. butter, and toss with coarsely crushed croutons; sprinkle over grits mixture.

4. Bake at 350° for 30 to 35 minutes or until mixture is set and croutons are golden brown.

Note: For testing purposes only, we used Oscar Mayer Real Bacon Bits.

Note:

Janet F. Gilbert, Danielsville, Georgia,

March 2009
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