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Breakfast Lasagna

This casserole is very similar to one of the quiches I make for parties and special breakfasts. Tonight I wanted to make something different but really did not want to deal with making dough. Instead of a pastry crust, the egg layer is placed above cooked grits. The ingredients inside the egg layer can be customized to suite your taste. If you want it spicier, use hot sausage. You can also make this recipe vegetarian, as I do with my spinach quiche, and add sautéed vegetables. This is merely a technique; once you know what you are doing, this can be morphed into endless possibilities.

Preheat Oven Temperature: 350 degrees
Makes 4 Servings

1 Tablespoon Butter
2 Cups Water
1/2 Cup Quick Cook Grits
8 ounces All Natural Breakfast Sausage
2 Tablespoons Finely Chopped Yellow Onion
6 Eggs
1/4 Cup Milk
Salt and Pepper to taste
1/4 Cup Grated Cheddar Cheese

1. Use 1 Tablespoon of butter to grease the inside of a 5x9 baking dish. Make sure to get the bottom, sides, and corners well.
2. In a medium saucepan, bring 2 cups of water to a rapid boil. Slowly add the quick cooking grits to the water while whisking. Reduce heat and cover. Cook for 3-5 minutes or until creamy. Pour into the prepared baking dish and allow to cool while getting the rest of the recipe together.
3. Heat a small skillet over medium heat and cook the sausage. Using a spatula, break the sausage apart as it cooks until you have small crumbles. Cook for 5 minutes. Using a slotted spoon, remove the sausage and place into a bowl to cool.
4. Place the finely chopped onion into the pan to cook in the remaining sausage drippings. Cook for 3 minutes while stirring. Pour the softened onion into the sausage and stir to combine. Sprinkle the sausage and onion mixture evenly over the grits.
5. Whisk together the eggs, milk, and desired amount of salt and pepper. Pour over the sausage layer.
6. Top with grated cheddar.
7. Bake until cooked through and the egg layer is set, approximately 35-40 minutes. You do not want it to become brown, just cooked through and thoroughly set in the middle.
8. Allow to sit for 2 minutes and then slice and serve!

Note: If you want an extra layer of flavor, add butter and/or cheese to the grits before adding them to the baking dish.


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