This is especially for niece Heather.
Cheesy Baked Grits is/are a family favorite for our Christmas Dinner. They are delicious hot and also as they cool down on a buffet.
4 C. water
1 C. grits
1 t. salt
1/3 C. butter
6 drops Tabasco hot sauce
2 C. sharp cheddar cheese
Bring the water to a boil in a large saucepan. Add the grits and salt and bring back to a boil and cook for minute or two. This tends to splatter so I use a hot mit while I stir with a whisk.
Take off of the heat and whisk in the butter and Tabasco sauce.
Have eggs ready to pour in all at once while whisking.
Add the cheddar and whisk that in until smooth.
Pour mixture into a 9 x 13 casserole dish with some kind of cover.
Bake at 275 for 1 hour. Cover the baking dish for 50 minutes, and then uncover it for the final 10 minutes.
If you choose a smaller deeper casserole, then it will need a longer baking time. This casserole re-heats very well too.
I've also used cornmeal and loved it. The basic recipe is quite versatile.