How to make cheesy ham and grits casserole

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Grits really should be given another name that doesn't imply that they're so, well, gritty, because they're not. When cooked properly they are deliciously creamy and can be full of flavor - usually butter and cheese as you'll see in the recipe below. Throw in some ham and you've got a full meal in just one dish.
Most recipes call for grits to be cooked before you do anything else with them, even when they're being added to a casserole. But this extra step isn't necessary and is really just going to dirty extra dishes that you'll have to clean later. Cooking them in the oven does take a bit longer, but that just gives you more time to get to anything else you might need to do.
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Kate Elliott
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Cheesy Grits Casserole
8
10 minutes
1 hour, 30 minutes
1 hour, 50 minutes
2 cups stone-ground corn grits
8 cups chicken stock
1 cup sharp Cheddar cheese, grated
3 large eggs, beaten
1 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
1 1/2 cups cooked ham, chopped in a medium dice
1/2 cup butter, cut into pieces
Preheat oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit.
Grease a 9" x 13" casserole dish and place the grits inside. Add the chicken stock, cheese, beaten eggs, and ham. Season with salt and pepper and stir. Dot top of the casserole with the butter pieces.
Bake in the preheated oven and cook for 1 hour and 30 minutes.
Remove dish from the oven and let casserole rest for 10 minutes before serving.
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