Spicy Sausage Breakfast Bake

(10 servings)

  • 1 pound hot breakfast sausage
  • 1 pound mild breakfast sausage
  • 3/4 cup instant grits
  • 2 and 1/4 cup milk
  • an addition 3/4 cup milk
  • 1/2 cup butter (1 stick)
  • 1/3 cup Parmesan cheese
  • 1 (5 ounce) jar sharp processed cheese spread (or 2/3 cup shredded cheese)
  • 12 large eggs
  • 3/4 cup milk
  • 1/2 cup sharp cheddar cheese - shredded
  • salt and pepper - to taste
Each piece of this casserole feels like a complete, hearty breakfast. You get cheesy grits in the top layer and sausage and egg at the bottom. The grits have a surprising light texture. When first prepared, the grits are quite heavy. They become light and souffle-like as soon as they're baked with the beaten egg. This dish definitely spotlights sausage. To make it Spicy with a capital "S", consider using all hot sausage instead of half being mild. When I make this again, I'll probably mix a half cup of sauteed onions and peppers in with the grits to give it a slightly more complex flavor. But as is, this breakfast is satisfying and tasty. (This recipe was submitted in 2003. It was tested and photographed in October 2015.)

Making Spicy Sausage Breakfast Bake Casserole w/ Grits

How To Make A Spicy Sausage Breakfast Bake (Grits Casserole)

Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.

Grease a 9x13 pan.

Brown all sausage, breaking up as it cooks. Drain and set aside.

Add grits to 2 and 1/4 cup very-near-boiling milk and cook for 5 to 7 minutes. To grits, add butter, Parmesan cheese and sharp processed cheese spread, plus salt, pepper and any additional spices.

In a medium baking pan, layer sausage then grits mixture.

Beat 12 eggs with 3/4 cup milk. Pour over grits layer. Top with cheddar cheese. Bake at 350 for one hour.

Spicy Sausage Breakfast Bake Casserole w/ Grits

Additional Cooking Notes From Mr Breakfast:

For this recipe test, I halved the recipe and used a 9x9-inch pan. I baked it in the toaster over for 45 minutes at 325 degrees. At the end, I put it under the broiler for 2 minutes to get some light browning on the top layer of melted cheese.

If desired and you're grits and sausage have cooled to room temperature, you could mix together the sausage, grits and eggs/milk to get a more even distribution of sausage throughout the casserole.

Ahh! That's-a spicy meat-a casserole! A combination of spicy and mild sausage give this cheesy baked grits dish a meaty flavor that can't be beat.

Mr Breakfast would like to thank MamaMia for this recipe.

Recipe number 966. Submitted 5/5/2003.