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Breakfast on the Egg - Grits & Sausage Casserole

jfm0830jfm0830 Posts: 930
edited January 2013 in EggHead Forum

Happy New Year to everyone!


I’ve been stir frying my way through the end of the year, but nothing real new or exciting there, so I haven’t been posting pictures. We’ve been having a mild and low snow winter so far. Yesterday morning the air temp was 12 degrees (-11C) and I wanted to come up with something to make for breakfast, so I could get some cold weather practice in on the Egg. I finally settled on the recipe Stone-Ground Grits & Sausage Casserole from The Big Green Egg Cookbook. Better yet other than the grits and sausage, I had everything around. Now I love grits, having discovered their wonder on several trips to Atlanta. But around here most folks probably think grits are the dirt you find when you clean under your couch cushions. I wasn’t sure I’d even be able to find grits of any kind at the supermarket. I couldn’t get the slow cook variety, my choice was either instant or a so called quick cook that cooked up in 5 minutes. I settled for the quick cook and adjusted the water to grits ratio away from what the recipe called for for the slow cooked version, to something closer to what the box called for. Other than the grits cooking in 5 minutes vs. 30 minutes it worked out fine. The other change I made, this time by choice and not necessity, was to use ground sausage instead of sausage links I grind up. Same results & far easier to cook . 


Before moving onto the pictures, I’ll talk about the end results. Other than me being colder if I left my jacket in the Kitchen, grilling at 12 degrees (-11C) was no different than grilling at any other temperature I’ve grilled at. The instant grits worked out fine, they just moved things along quicker. I plan to keep looking for the stone-ground slow cook grits. The end results were great and it made for a hearty brunch. When I finished eating the casserole dish was still hot and I had an idea. I called my parents to see if my mother had done anything about their lunch yet. She hadn’t, so I put the dish of grits in a food warming bag and brought them over. My dad lived in Tennessee for a number of years and he loved them. He said it reminded him f things they used to do to grits down there. Both he and my mom had two big portions and I left them with half the leftovers. So the meal was a success all around.


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The ingredients are gathered: ground sausage, a stick of butter cubed, chives, salt & pepper, panko, heavy cream, white cheddar cheese, & grits.




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The grits are cooking on the back burner & the sausage is browning on the front burner.




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The grits are done and almost all of the water has been absorbed.




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The butter & chives are folded in.




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Everything is mixed through...




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Half of the cheddar cheese gets mixed in...




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The sausage is next...




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After the sausage is mixed through, the mixture is poured into a greased 13 x 9 inch  (32 x 24 cm) casserole dish and gets spread around with a spatula to level it off.




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The other half of the white cheddar cheese gets spread across the top.




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The panko goes on next and it is now time to head out to the Egg.




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The Egg has been pre-heated to 400 F (205 C) The plate setter is installed legs down and I placed 6 plumbing T's to use as shims. 




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30 minutes later and the Grits and Sausage Casserole is done.




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The casserole rests for 10 minutes.




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Time to eat!




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This was a hearty tasty dish  with a creamy buttery texture. It had little bursts of flavor from the sausage and chives and a nice little crunchy texture on top from the panko.


Oh one more thing. The recipe says it serves 6, this is more like 16. I am wondering how you would reheat the leftovers. I don't want to loose the crunchiness of the panko, so nuking it is probably out of the question. But doing it in the oven might burn the panko before everything heats through. Ideas? 


TIA

Jim


Website: www.grillinsmokin.net
3 LBGE & More Eggcessories than I care to think about.
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Comments

  • Looks great, Jim.  Are you the guy in this movie clip ?


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    Dripping Springs, Texas.
    Just west of Austintatious

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  • BrowninggoldBrowninggold Posts: 453
    edited January 2013
    Looks great. I'm hungry send me the leftovers. Around 2 yrs. ago I took my Microwave and put downstairs. We as a family started eating a lot healthier when my teenage son was diagnosed with testicular cancer. He was stage 4 when diagnosed. Tumors all over. They said he would need surgery after chemo but thank the good lord he didn't and has been cancer free for 2 yrs. Anyways started juicing etc...no microwave so we purchased one of these http://www.bedbathandbeyond.com/product.asp?SKU=16423165 And it does a excellent job at warm ups of pizza etc....stays crunchy. I dare say in the 1-2 yrs we have owned this we have used the oven maybe 3 times. It also replaced our 4 slice toaster. BTW Breville make excellent kitchen appliances. Almost forgot to mention, sign up for Bed Bath & Beyond email and they will send 20% off coupons to you. I've used those around 4 times for the Breville Sous food processor, Juicer and mixer. Usually if you want extra coupons just send a email to CS and they'll send one to your inbox.
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  • jfm0830jfm0830 Posts: 930
    ...... Are you the guy in this movie clip ?


    Good clip lol. 

    Nah I dove right in without all the drama, And I wouldn't give anyone a lecture about low cholesterol cooking. 
    Website: www.grillinsmokin.net
    3 LBGE & More Eggcessories than I care to think about.
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  • Richard FlRichard Fl Posts: 7,781
    Nice looking meal. reg heating I did a similiar batch last week without the panko and just sliced about 3/4 thick and heated in frying pan with some butter, medium heat. It picks up some crunchness.
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  • Right up my alley!

    GEAUX TIGERS!!!!!!!!!

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  • SmokinDAWG82SmokinDAWG82 Posts: 1,704
    Another winner Jim, bookmarked!
    LBGE
    Go Dawgs! - Marietta, GA
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  • henapplehenapple Posts: 13,527
    @Browninggold...great for you and son.
    Green egg, dead animal and alcohol. The "Boro".. TN 
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  • @henapple, Thanks. Did a lot of reading and investigating on the Internet (long nights) and read a article where a microwave was not the greatest for you. I believe it originated in Germany (the article). Been real happy with the Breville Toaster oven. We as a family started eating more organic, open/free range animals and staying away from high fructose corn syrup.
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  • LowflyerLowflyer Posts: 745
    Looks great, bookmarked!
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  • Dyal_SCDyal_SC Posts: 2,208
    Looks wonderful! Love me some grits. Growing up, we had one guy at my church that had never heard of grits. He was from Pennsylvania if I recall. We thought it was a National staple food until he told us otherwise. I agree with Richard on reheating them in a frying pan on the stovetop...or in a CI skillet on the egg for those of you allergic to the kitchen range. ;)
    2014 Co-Wing King
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