GARLIC CHEESE GRITS CASSEROLE

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Teresa G

By
@GrannyGravymaker

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

  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.

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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




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