By Kelly Bogard

It’s time to say goodbye to 2017. For some, it’s been a great year. For others, it’s been a trying one. But through the ups and downs, we’re making it and heading into 2018. And of course, I think we should celebrate.

Food and New Year’s Day are a match made in our home. It’s a day filled with family and food to start the year off right. There are black-eyed peas for good luck. Cabbage for good fortune. And grits for their southern goodness.

For Cheese Grits Casserole, you will need…CheeseGritsCasserole
4 c. milk
1 1/2 c. pepper jack cheese, grated
1 c. sharp cheddar cheese, grated
1/4 c. plus 1 tbsp. butter
1 c. quick grits, uncooked
1 egg
1 tsp. salt
1/2 tsp. pepper

There are some age-old battles when it comes to grits. Are they for breakfast or supper? Should they be sweet or savory? And while I can’t tell you one way or the other, I can share with you the way I like them the best—cheesy.

Start by preheating your oven to 350 degrees. Then, combine the milk and a 1/4 cup of butter into a large saucepan. Bring the milk and butter to a boil. Whisk in the grits next. Watch your milk closely, so it doesn’t scald.
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Reduce the heat, and let the grits simmer while stirring for about five minutes. Be sure to stir constantly, so they don’t stick. Once cooked through, remove from the heat.
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In separate bowls, whisk the egg slightly, and mix the two cheeses together.
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Stir the salt and pepper into the grits, as well as the egg. Then, mix in two cups of the cheese. There should be about half a cup of cheese left over.
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Butter your baking dish with the remaining butter and pour the grits into the dish. I like to use a deep-dish pie pan. Top with the remaining cheese and bake for 40 minutes or until golden and crisp on top.
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This casserole is perfect for any mealtime. And the golden top is a good sign of prosperity for the year ahead. Here’s wishing you health, wealth and happiness in 2018. And from all of us at Texas Table Top, enjoy!

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Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 50 minutes
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Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 50 minutes
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Instructions
  1. Preheat your oven to 350 degrees.
  2. In a large saucepan, bring the milk and butter to boil. Watch the milk carefully so as not to scald it.
  3. Whisk in grits.
  4. Reduce the heat and let the grits simmer while stirring for approximately five minutes.
  5. Remove from the heat when thickened.
  6. Beat the egg in a small bowl.
  7. Mix together the two cheeses.
  8. Season the grits with salt and pepper.
  9. Mix the egg into the warm grits.
  10. Stir in two cups of cheese, reserving one-half cup for topping.
  11. Butter a deep dish pie pan or 8x8 baking dish with remaining butter.
  12. Pour the grits into the baking dish.
  13. Top with remaining cheese.
  14. Bake for 40 minutes or until golden.
  15. Serve warm.
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Kelly Bogard

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Kelly Bogard is the official Texas Table Top food editor, chef, food stylist/photographer and more. When she’s not busy cooking up a delicious recipe for Texas Table Top, she and her husband “D” are busy trying to keep up with their daughter “Butters” and enjoy anything outdoors

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