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Southern Grits Casserole

[INGREDIENTS]
6 cups water
2 cups uncooked grits (not instant grits!!!)
1/2 cup butter, divided
3 cups shredded Cheddar cheese, divided
1 pound ground pork sausage
12 eggs
1/2 cup milk
salt and pepper to taste

[DIRECTIONS]
(1) Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C). Lightly grease a large baking dish.
(2) Bring water to a boil in a large saucepan, and stir in grits. Reduce heat, cover, and simmer about 5 minutes, until liquid has been absorbed. Mix in 1/2 the butter and 2 cups cheese until melted.
(3) In a skillet over medium-high heat, cook the sausage until evenly browned. Drain, and mix into the grits. Beat together the eggs and milk in a bowl, and pour into the skillet. Lightly scramble, then mix into the grits.
(4) Pour the grits mixture into the prepared baking dish. Dot with remaining butter, and top with remaining cheese. Season with salt and pepper.
(5) Bake 45 minutes in the preheated oven, until lightly browned.

Original source – https://allrecipes.com/

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