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Baked Cheese Grits Casserole

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Ingredients:
1 cup grits cooked in 4 cups water
6 eggs (beaten)
1 tablespoon onion (finely chopped)
1 teaspoon Spike (an herb seasoning)*
1 cup milk
1 6 oz. corn muffin mix
1/4 cup butter (melted)
1 pound ground pork sausage (sauteed)
1/2 pound colby/monterey jack cheese (shredded)
1/2 teaspoon paprika

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Saute sausage with onion until pink has disappeared. In a large bowl, add milk to beaten eggs, and mix cooked grits, corn muffin mix, onion, Spike. Spread sausage mixture on bottom of 9x12 pan; add grits mixture and shredded cheese. Sprinkle top with paprika. Bake for about 1 hour or until firm in the middle. Let stand 5 minutes before serving.

Serving ideas: Serve with a side of fresh salsa, fruit dish and muffins.

Note: This recipe won 2nd prize in the ones Dairy Farm Sausage cooking contest for the Southeast (USA) Region.
*Spike can be found in health food store or in the spice section of the supermarket.