Photo: Alison Miksch; Styling: Caroline M. Cunningham
Hands-on Time
30 Mins
Total Time
1 Hour 25 Mins
Makes 12 to 14 servings

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.

How to Make It

Step 1

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.

Step 2

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.

Step 3

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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Ratings & Reviews


December 30, 2015
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!

My new GoTo for company breakfast

May 26, 2017
This is delicious!  Very convenient to make day before and pop in oven for the crowd!