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Grits Dressing

Oxmoor House
Prep time 20 mins
Total time 2 hrs
Yield 8 servings
An Editors' favorite, this unique Southern dressing sports crusty grits croutons and spicy sausage. Serve it for Sunday brunch or Christmas dinner. Make the croutons and brown the sausage a day in advance.

Ingredients

  • 3 (10 1/2-ounce) cans condensed chicken broth, undiluted
  • 1 1/4 cups uncooked quick-cooking grits
  • 1 cup freshly grated Parmesan cheese
  • 1 pound ground hot pork sausage
  • 1/3 cup butter or margarine
  • 5 celery ribs with leaves, finely chopped
  • 4 garlic cloves, minced (about 1 tablespoon)
  • 1 large onion, chopped
  • 1 large egg, lightly beaten
  • 1/2 cup chopped fresh flat-leaf parsley

How to Make It

  1. Bring broth to a boil in a large saucepan. Stir in grits, and return to a boil. Cover, reduce heat, and simmer 7 minutes or until grits are thickened, stirring twice. Stir in cheese. Remove from heat.

  2. Spoon grits into a greased 13" x 9" baking dish. Cover and chill until firm. Unmold onto a large cutting board, sliding knife or spatula under grits to loosen them from dish. Cut grits into 3/4" cubes. Place in a single layer on a large greased rimmed baking sheet or jellyroll pan.

  3. Bake at 450° for 20 minutes; turn grits, and bake 10 to 12 more minutes or until crisp and browned.

  4. Meanwhile, cook sausage in a large skillet, stirring until it crumbles and is no longer pink; drain.

  5. Melt butter in a large skillet over medium heat; add celery, garlic, and onion. Sauté 5 minutes or until tender. Stir together onion mixture, sausage, and grits croutons, tossing gently. Drizzle egg over mixture; add parsley, stirring gently. Spoon dressing loosely into a greased 11" x 7" baking dish.

  6. Bake, uncovered, at 350° for 35 to 45 minutes or until browned.