I am a southern girl – born and raised in Texas. Growing up, one staple in our household was grits. My mother didn’t get too adventurous with it – we ate it for breakfast with eggs. But, I loved grits and always looked forward to eating it. My mother and grandmother always made a perfect bowl of grits – adding a little salt to the boiling water and when it was done scooping a huge helping onto our plate. With just the right amount of butter placed in the middle, melting quickly into that steaming, savory pile of grits sitting next to a beautifully fried egg along with sausage or bacon – it was something hard to resist!
When I married my husband, I found out he did not like grits! Oh, the horror!! His family is from up North, so I couldn’t really hold it against him. So, if I wanted grits, I would have to eat it by myself. I could never order grits at a restaurant because they don’t prepare them correctly. Usually, they don’t add any salt and that makes all the difference in the world. Adding the salt afterward just isn’t the same. A few years ago, we went to a local restaurant for dinner and they had grits on the menu as a side dish – I was intrigued, especially when I saw it was mixed with andouille sausage and cheese. I had to try it and I am glad I did. It was wonderful. The next week, I made some at home for breakfast and even my non-grit loving husband said it was good.
I thought I would share my recipe for Sausage and Cheese Grits with you today. Give it a try and let me know what you think. Be adventurous – try it with different sausages or meats, spice it up – make it your own!
Sausage and Cheese Grits 1/4 cup cooked breakfast sausage 1 cup water 1/4 cup grits pinch of salt (you don't need much since you are adding sausage and cheese) dash of pepper (more or less to taste - use red pepper or other if you like a little kick!) grated cheese Place the cooked breakfast sausage in a small pot. Add one cup of water. Add your salt and pepper. Bring this to a boil. Remove the pot from the burner and add the grits while stirring. This is important, otherwise, the grits may not cook correctly and will be lumpy - yuck!! Turn your burner OFF and place the pot back on the burner and cover it with a lid. Turn on a timer for 5 minutes. After 5 minutes, stir the grits. Put the grits on your plate, or in a bowl, and add the cheese. EAT AND ENJOY!!
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“Oh, taste and see that the Lord is good; Blessed is the man who trusts in Him!” Psalms 34:8