RiverSong Giddy-Up Grits

RiverSong Giddy-Up GritsRecipe
James Carrier

At RiverSong Inn in Estes park, Colorado, breakfast starts with Continental Divide Strawberries (berries topped with a mixture of equal parts sweetened whipped cream and plain yogurt), followed by hearty baked grits.

Yield:

Makes 8 servings

Recipe from

Sunset

Nutritional Information

Calories 331
Caloriesfromfat 60 %
Protein 16 g
Fat 22 g
Satfat 11 g
Carbohydrate 17 g
Fiber 1.4 g
Sodium 734 mg
Cholesterol 113 mg

Ingredients

1 pound bulk pork sausage
1 clove garlic, pressed or minced
3/4 teaspoon pepper
About 1 teaspoon hot sauce
1 cup quick-cooking grits
2 tablespoons butter or margarine
2 large eggs
2 cups (1/2 lb.) shredded sharp cheddar cheese
1 can (7 oz.) diced green chilies
1/2 cup diced red bell pepper
1/3 cup fresh cilantro leaves

Preparation

1. Crumble sausage into a 10- to 12-inch frying pan over high heat. Stir often until browned and crumbly, about 6 minutes. Drain off and discard fat. To sausage, add garlic, pepper, and hot sauce to taste. Set aside.

2. In a 2- to 3-quart pan, blend grits with 4 cups water. Bring to a boil over high heat, stirring. Add butter. Cover pan; reduce heat to low. Stir often until grits are tender, 5 to 6 minutes.

3. In a large bowl, beat eggs to blend. Stirring, add cheese, chilies, sausage mixture, and grits. Pour mixture into a buttered shallow 9- by 13-inch baking dish or 2 1/2- to 3-quart casserole.

4. Bake, uncovered, in a 350° oven until lightly browned, 40 to 45 minutes. Let stand about 5 minutes. Sprinkle with red bell pepper and cilantro. Cut into pieces and serve with a wide spatula.