Basic Cheese Grits Casserole
4 cups water
1 cup grits
1/2 teaspoon salt
2 tablespoons butter
1 cup shredded cheese
2 slightly beaten eggs (in a separate bowl)
Add 1/2 teaspoon salt to 4 cups water and bring to a boil in a large saucepan. Add 1 cup grits, stir, reduce heat to a simmer, cover and cook for 20 minutes, stirring often. When grits are done, add the butter to the grits and stir or whisk until melted. Then add about 1/2 cup of hot grits to the beaten eggs and mix thoroughly, then immediately add the egg mixture to the pot of hot grits and stir/whisk together. Add the cheese and stir until melted. Pour this mixture into a greased 8 X 8 baking dish and cook in a preheated 350 degree oven for 1 hour or until lightly browned on top. Refrigerate any leftovers.
(This is a basic recipe. Other options might be to add 1 clove of chopped garlic, use 1/2 milk and 1/2 water, or 1/2 chicken broth and 1/2 water. You can use any cheese that melts well.)
This recipe can be doubled and baked in a greased 9 X 13 baking dish.