Photo: Hector Sanchez; Styling: Heather Chadduck Hillegas 
Hands-on Time
50 Mins
Total Time
1 Hour 25 Mins
Makes 6 to 8 servings

We took a cue from shepherd's pie and used grits (in lieu of mashed potatoes) to seal in the flavor of juicy sausage in an ever-so-sweet sauce.

How to Make It

Step 1

Prepare Grits Crust: Bring milk and 1 cup water to a boil in a large saucepan over medium heat; add grits, and cook, stirring often, 5 minutes or until thickened. Stir in cheese and next 3 ingredients; remove from heat.

Step 2

Gradually stir about one-fourth of hot grits mixture into eggs; add egg mixture to remaining hot grits mixture, stirring until blended.

Step 3

Prepare Sausage Filling: Preheat oven to 375°. Cook sausage in hot oil in a Dutch oven over medium heat 7 to 8 minutes on each side or until browned. Remove sausage from Dutch oven, reserving 1 Tbsp. drippings in Dutch oven.

Step 4

Sauté bell peppers and onion in hot drippings 5 minutes or until tender. Add garlic, and sauté 2 minutes. Cut sausage into 1/2-inch-thick slices. Stir together tomatoes, bell pepper mixture, and sausage in a large bowl.

Step 5

Melt butter in Dutch oven over medium heat; whisk in flour, and cook, whisking constantly, 4 to 5 minutes or until smooth and medium brown. Gradually whisk in broth, and bring to a boil, whisking constantly.

Step 6

Reduce heat to medium-low; simmer, stirring occasionally, 5 minutes or until thickened. Stir in jelly and next 3 ingredients. Stir into sausage mixture, and spoon into a lightly greased 11- x 7-inch baking dish. Gently spread Cheese Grits Crust over top.

Step 7

Bake at 375° for 20 to 25 minutes or until lightly browned. Let casserole stand 10 minutes before serving.

Ratings & Reviews

jerikay's Review

March 08, 2014
I have made this recipe twice since January. It's on the begging list for more from my family. I use an artichoke, cheese, chicken sausage that comes from Costco, and Irish Cheddar cheese. The most important ingredient, naturally, is love. THis is one of those recipes that take some time, some care, and one can put one's heart into. Kick off your shoes, pour a glass of wine, turn on your favorite CD - I, personally enjoyed Holly William's "The Highway"… and enjoy the preparation - your family will thank you. Thanks Southern Living for a lovely meal.

dawn82's Review

January 20, 2014
We made this as an alternate to the standard breakfast casserole on Christmas morning and it was a huge success, in fact my family requested that we add it to the permanent Christmas morning menu. It doesn't "set" like a casserole, but the flavors were fantastic. I'm planning on making it again for an upcoming brunch party, would highly recommend it.

caren5253's Review

January 17, 2014
well I have looked at he recipes for several days and got everything to make it. I love grits. It was so bad. I ate a few bites and then my husband and we just threw it away. I don't remember doing this with any other Southern Living recipes. It is not a Shepard's pie.