Saturday, April 11, 2015

HAM AND CHEESE GRITS CASSEROLE

If you have ever lived anywhere in the South you know grits are a kitchen staple. Here is a good breakfast casserole using grits. This recipe is from a lady here in the DFW Metroplex with a few of my variations.

3 cups chicken stock
1 cup quick-cooking grits
1/2 cup Southwestern-style egg substitute
5-oz reduced-fat Velveeta cheese, cubed
1/4 cup low-fat milk
2 tbsp butter
1 1/4 cups cubed fully cooked ham
3 green onions, chopped
1/4 tsp salt
1/4 tsp garlic powder
1/4 tsp pepper
1/8 to 1/4 tsp crushed red pepper flakes
3/4 cup shredded sharp cheddar cheese

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.

Bring the chicken stock to boiling in a large saucepan; slowly stir in the grits. Reduce heat to medium-low and cook, covered, about 5 minutes or until thickened, stirring occasionally. Remove from the heat.

In a small bowl, stir a small amount of the hot grits into the egg substitute; return to the pan, mixing well. Add the Velvetta, milk and butter, stirring until the cheese is melted. Stir in the ham, onions, and spices.

Transfer grits mixture to the prepared baking dish; sprinkle with the cheddar cheese.

Bake, uncovered, 35-40 minutes or until the edges are golden brown and the cheese is melted.

Allow to stand around 10 minutes before cutting into 6 squares to serve.

Nutritional Information per serving: Calories 284, Fat 12 g (7 sat), Fiber 1 g, Carbs 26 g, Protein 20 g
Note: This carb to protein ration makes this dish okay for diabetics.



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