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Cheese Grits with Chicken Sausage and Shiitake Mushrooms

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Makes 6 servings

This tasty recipe is really a basic cheese grits casserole transformed by the addition of unexpected ingredients.

Ingredients

  • 9 ounces fully cooked smoked chicken sausage with apples and Chardonnay
  • 6 ounces shiitake mushrooms
  • 1/2 cup butter or margarine, divided
  • 3 cups water
  • 3/4 cup uncooked quick-cooking grits
  • 1 (8-ounce) loaf pasteurized prepared cheese product, cubed
  • 2 large eggs, lightly beaten
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried rosemary
  • 1/4 teaspoon seasoned salt
  • Sliced ripe olives (optional)

How to Make It

  1. Cut sausage into 1/2-inch-thick slices; cut slices into quarters. Cut stems from mushrooms and, if desired, reserve for another use; cut mushroom caps into slices.

  2. Melt 1 tablespoon butter in a nonstick skillet over medium-high heat; add sausage, and sauté 7 minutes or until lightly browned. Remove sausage from skillet. Add mushroom caps to skillet, and sauté 5 minutes or until tender.

  3. Bring 3 cups water to a boil in a Dutch oven. Gradually stir in grits; return to a boil. Reduce heat, and simmer, stirring occasionally, 5 minutes or until thickened. Add remaining 7 tablespoons butter and cheese; cook, stirring often, 5 minutes or until melted and blended. Remove from heat; stir in eggs, rosemary, and seasoned salt until blended. Stir in sausage and mushrooms; pour mixture into a lightly greased 11- x 7-inch baking dish.

  4. Bake at 350° for 45 to 50 minutes or just until set. Sprinkle top with olives, if desired.

  5. Note: For testing purposes only, we used Gerhard's Smoked Chicken Sausage with Apples & Chardonnay.