GARLIC CHEESE GRITS CASSEROLE

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Teresa *G*

By
@BlueGinghamApron

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!

Rating:
★★★★★ 1 vote
Comments:
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

How to Make GARLIC CHEESE GRITS CASSEROLE

Step-by-Step

  • 1Lightly 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.
  • 2Place oven rack in middle position and preheat oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit.
  • 3In a 2 or 3 qt. saucepan, add water and salt and bring to a boil.
  • 4Stirring constantly, slowly add grits, lower heat to medium low and continue stirring for 7 to 8 minutes (grits will be very thick.)
  • 5Remove from heat and stir in garlic cheese and butter, until completely melted.
  • 6Add egg and milk mixture and mix well, until thoroughly combined.
  • 7Pour into prepared dish.
  • 8Sprinkle top with buttered cornflake crumbs.
  • 9Bake at 350 degrees for approximately 1 hour.
  • 10Remove from oven and let rest (very important) for at least 15-20 minutes before serving.
  • 11Cover 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.

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About GARLIC CHEESE GRITS CASSEROLE

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