GARLIC CHEESE GRITS CASSEROLE

Teresa G.

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This recipe has been a family favorite for 50 years. Even the smallest children love it. People who say they don't like grits always change their minds when they take a bite of this casserole!


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Serves:

6-8

Prep:

30 Min

Cook:

1 Hr

Method:

Bake

Ingredients

1 c
crushed cornflakes (for topping)
1 1/2 Tbsp
salted butter, melted (for topping)
2 1/4 c
water
1 tsp
salt
1/2 c
quick cooking grits (not instant)
1
10 oz. roll of garlic cheese, room temperature (see *note)
4 Tbsp
salted butter, room temperature
1 large
egg, lightly beaten in a liquid measuring cup
1/3 c
milk (approximately), added to egg to make 1/2 cup total

Directions Step-By-Step

1
Lightly butter a 2 quart casserole and set aside, then, in a medium bowl, pour melted butter over cornflake crumbs and toss to coat. Set aside.
2
Place oven rack in middle position and preheat oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit.
3
In a 2 or 3 qt. saucepan, add water and salt and bring to a boil.
4
Stirring constantly, slowly add grits, lower heat to medium low and continue stirring for 7 to 8 minutes (grits will be very thick.)
5
Remove from heat and stir in garlic cheese and butter, until completely melted.
6
Add egg and milk mixture and mix well, until thoroughly combined.
7
Pour into prepared dish.
8
Sprinkle top with buttered cornflake crumbs.
9
Bake at 350 degrees for approximately 1 hour.
10
Remove from oven and let rest (very important) for at least 15-20 minutes before serving.
11
Cover and refrigerate leftovers.
12
*NOTE: You may use this substitute recipe for garlic cheese, just be sure to make it ahead of time.

GARLIC CHEESE
Serves: Makes 4- 10 oz. portions (4 rolls) Prep Time: 35 Min

Ingredients:

3 oz cream cheese, room temperature
1 Tbsp garlic powder
1 tsp seasoned salt
1 lb american cheese loaf (velveeta), shredded
1 1/2 lb sharp cheddar cheese, shredded

Directions:

1 In the bowl of a stand mixer, beat cream cheese, garlic powder and seasoned salt until fluffy.
2 Add American cheese and mix well.
3 Add cheddar cheese and mix thoroughly, frequently scraping down sides of bowl and scraping up from the bottom. (This takes several minutes to become thoroughly incorporated.)
4 Divide garlic cheese into four equal portions, wrap well, then refrigerate or freeze.
5 SUGGESTION TO DIVIDE AND STORE: Put cheese into a gallon size zipper bag. Lay on flat surface, press to remove as much air as possible and zip bag closed. Using a rolling pin, roll and flatten until smooth, even and pressed into each corner of bag. Using a sharp chef's knife, cut bag in half, then cut each in half again to make four equal portions. Place each in a quart size zipper bag and freeze or refrigerate.
6 To use frozen portion, remove from freezer ahead of time and allow to come to room temperature before adding to a recipe.

About this Recipe

Course/Dish: Side Casseroles
Main Ingredient: Rice/Grains
Regional Style: American
Dietary Needs: Vegetarian
Other Tags: For Kids, Heirloom