Grits and Sausage Bake

Level: Easy
Prep Time: 15 min
Cook Time: 1 hrs 15 min
Cooling Time: 10 min
Yields: 6


Surprise your family with this Southern favorite! This Grits and Sausage Bake recipe is simple to prepare and so very tasty, everyone will want seconds. Try this at your next brunch.


  • 1 pkg. (16 oz.) breakfast sausage, cooked, drained and crumbled
  • 3 cups water
  • 3/4 cup ALBERS® Quick Grits
  • 2 cups (8 oz.) shredded sharp cheddar cheese, divided
  • 2/3 cup (5 fl.-oz. can) NESTLÉ® CARNATION® Evaporated Milk
  • 1/4 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/8 teaspoon hot pepper sauce (optional)
  • 2 large eggs, lightly beaten


PREHEAT oven to 350º F. Grease 8-inch-square baking dish.

BRING water to a boil in medium saucepan; slowly stir in grits. Cover; reduce heat to low. Cook, stirring occasionally, for 5 to 6 minutes. Add 1 1/2 cups cheese, evaporated milk, garlic powder and hot pepper sauce; stir until cheese is melted. Add sausage and eggs; stir well. Pour into prepared baking dish.

BAKE for 1 hour. Top with remaining cheese. Bake for an additional 5 to 10 minutes or until cheese is melted and golden brown. Let cool for 10 minutes before serving. Season with ground black pepper.

NOTE: Batter can be made the day before; cover and refrigerate. Let stand at room temperature for 30 minutes before baking.

One of my Favorites

by P. Portia , New Bern, NC on Aug. 2009

I loved this dish. I'm from Mississippi, so I eat a lot of grits and was anxious to try this. I made it for Sunday dinner and it was great. My husband doesn't really like grits, but he also loved this dish. I will make this a lot. I omitted the hot pepper sauce, but that was the only change I made to this recipe. It is perfect the way it is.

Love IT!

by g. ginger , Rosman, NC on Feb. 2009

I tried this a couple of weekends ago for my family. It has turned into a family favorite now. I add extra sharp cheddar cheese (only because that is what we love) and it is WONDERFUL! Thanks for the new Sunday morning family tradition :)

Breakfast, just like Grandma's

by B. Bonita , SOLON, OH on Mar. 2008

The hearty dish is complete w/homemade biscuits or toast and jam. My children who are not big fans of "grits" absolutely love this and so do I. Each time I make it, I substitute different types of cheese for a variety. I also use ground turkey sausage. It's reminiscent of those down home breakfasts with Grandma....

Girls Slumber Party

by T. Tina , TAMPA, FL on Mar. 2008

I had an Adult slumber party ( Ladies Only ) and the next morning we had this.. It was GREAT & Easy, There was 16 of us and plenty to go around. A nice finish to a quality time spent with friends. It is a KEEPER.. Thanks


by C. CINDY , LANCASTER, CA on Mar. 2007


Grits and Sausage Bake

by J. Jodi , WARREN, PA on Feb. 2007

My whole family loved this recipe, which I made as the main dish for a relaxing week-end breakfast. And my husband doesn't even like grits! Very flavorful, hearty and satisfying. Easy to prepare, too. Just add a side dish of fruit and you have a great brunch.

Wonderful leftovers!

by K. Kerry , Stamps, AR on Oct. 2006

I have made this dish for breakfast for my husband, and then turned around and warmed it up for my children for dinner. It warms up excellent and tastes just as good as it did when just made. My whole family loves the taste and I love how easy it is. Wonderful recipe!!

Grits and Sausage Bake

by B. Bonnie , ANDALUSIA, IL on Sep. 2006

I fixed this for breakfast yesterday. It is wonderful! I had enough to take my daughter and son-in-law a big dish . They loved as much as we did.

Awesome recipe!

by A. Angela , PENSACOLA, FL on Sep. 2006

This was very good even though I omitted the garlic and hot sauce. We'll put it this way it didn't last long. I'll have to double the recipe next time.

Good for supper

by J. Jan , BLYTHEVILLE, AR on Aug. 2006

About 1 night a week I like to do "breakfast" for supper. This was an excellent meal. My hubby had to have his "buttermilk" with it!