You can assemble this up to four days ahead, and keep in the fridge; then let it stand at room temp for 30 minutes before baking.
1 1/2 pounds smoked sausage, chopped
1/2 teaspoon table salt
1 1/2 cups uncooked quick-cooking grits
2 (8-oz.) blocks sharp Cheddar cheese, shredded
1 cup milk
1 1/2 teaspoons chopped fresh thyme
1/4 teaspoon garlic powder
1/4 teaspoon black pepper
4 large eggs, lightly beaten
Vegetable cooking spray
How to Make It
Preheat oven to 350°. Brown sausage in a large skillet over medium-high heat, stirring often, 7 to 9 minutes or until cooked; drain on paper towels.
Bring salt and 4 1/2 cups water to a boil in a large Dutch oven over high heat. Whisk in grits, and return to a boil. Cover, reduce heat to medium, and simmer 5 minutes or until thickened, whisking occasionally. Remove from heat; add cheese, stirring until completely melted. Stir in milk and next 4 ingredients. Stir in sausage. Spoon mixture into a lightly greased (with cooking spray) 13- x 9-inch baking dish.
Bake at 350° for 50 minutes to 1 hour or until golden and cooked through. Let stand 5 minutes before serving.
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I made this for our Christmas morning brunch. It was excellent!! Everyone agreed that this needs to be on our permanent menu for Christmas brunch. Easy to make, cooked to a beautiful golden brown, and served up well. I used regular sausage and sauteed that instead of the smoked sausage. Definite keeper!