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Cheesy Grits Casserole

Cheesy Grits Casserole
Courtesy of Expert Foods.
Grits has a rare affinity for cheese. Southern tradition calls for cheddar, but it is great with Parmesan cheese as well. Makes a delicious brunch or side dish.

1 cup water
2 tablespoons ExpertExtras Grits Mix extender
1 tablespoon corn grits, quick-cooking
1/4 teaspoon salt
1 large egg, beaten
1/2 cup shredded cheddar cheese
1 tablespoon butter
Salt and pepper, to taste
Pinch cayenne pepper, optional

Serves 2
Preheat the oven to 350F, and prepare a casserole dish.

1. In a 1-quart saucepan combine water, ExpertExtras Grits Mix Extender, grits and salt. Bring to a boil over medium-high heat, stirring constantly.

2. Remove from heat when grits are cooked to your taste, and allow to cool.

3. Stir in the egg. Stir in the cheese, setting aside just enough to top the casserole, and add the butter and seasonings.

4. Bake at 350F for 15 minutes, or until near set. Top with cheese and cook until browned and set.

Nutrition per serving (calculated by Mastercook): 270 calories; 17g fat; 11g carb (of which 6g is fiber); 17g protein.