Sausage and Grits

Sausage and Grits. Creamy, cheesy grits topped with sausage, bacon and vegetables in a delicious, lightly spicy sauce. 

Sausage and Grits. Creamy, cheesy grits topped with sausage, bacon and vegetables in a delicious, lightly spicy sauce. 

I grew up in the Carolinas and lived there until I graduated from college. After college, I moved north, met a boy, married him, and stayed in Maryland. Although I no longer live in the south, I am still a southern girl. I get back to South Carolina at least once a year, but between visits, I still need some southern in my life. And my that, I mean I need some southern in my kitchen.

Sausage and Grits. Creamy, cheesy grits topped with sausage, bacon and vegetables in a delicious, lightly spicy sauce. 

Grits are one of my favorite southern foods. Living in the northeast, I have friends who have not eaten good grits. It makes me sad to hear things like “grits are weird and congealed.” I want to make all of Maryland good, creamy grits so they will KNOW the truth about what grits can be.

Making grits for a whole state isn’t realistic. But, I can certainly make them for my family. I used to eat shrimp and grits, but after realizing that some seafood was giving me unsightly hives, I gave it all up. Hence why I’m presenting you with a recipe called ‘Sausage and Grits.’

Sausage and Grits. Creamy, cheesy grits topped with sausage, bacon and vegetables in a delicious, lightly spicy sauce. 

These grits are made with milk, butter, and cheese, so you know these are going to be creamy. I wanted the vegetables to have a hint of some seafood flavors, so I sauteed them with Old Bay and lemon juice. Obviously that doesn’t make them taste like seafood, but it gives just a hint of some of the flavors used to season shrimp. Then, since bacon and sausage are delicious, I put them in a creamy, lightly spicy sauce and put that delicious mixture on top.

Sausage and Grits. Creamy, cheesy grits topped with sausage, bacon and vegetables in a delicious, lightly spicy sauce. 

If you like real spicy food, feel free to adjust the seasonings as you see fit, but this was just the right balance for my family (pictured above: my sneaky 1 year old taking a bite during my photo shoot). This is a quick, easy way to bring some southern food to your kitchen and for those of us who don’t eat seafood, avoid that as well!

Sausage and Grits. Creamy, cheesy grits topped with sausage, bacon and vegetables in a delicious, lightly spicy sauce. 

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Sausage and Grits. Creamy, cheesy grits topped with sausage, bacon and vegetables in a delicious, lightly spicy sauce. 
Sausage and Grits
Prep Time
15 mins
Cook Time
45 mins
Total Time
1 hr
 

Sausage and Grits. Creamy, cheesy grits topped with sausage, bacon and vegetables in a delicious, lightly spicy sauce. 

Course: Dinner
Cuisine: American
Keyword: Sausage and Grits
Servings: 8 servings
Calories: 549 kcal
Ingredients
Grits
  • 1 1/2 cups grits
  • 3 cups chicken broth
  • 3 cups milk
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 tbsp unsalted butter
  • 1 cup shredded cheddar cheese
Sausage and Peppers
  • 5 slices thick cut bacon
  • 1 orange bell pepper cut into thin slices
  • 1 red bell pepper cut into thin slices
  • 1 yellow bell pepper cut into thin slices
  • 1 large sweet onion cut into thin slices
  • 4 cloves garlic
  • 2 teaspoons Old Bay seasoning
  • 1 tbsp lemon juice
  • 12 ounce package Andouille sausage cut into ~1/3" slices
  • 2 tbsp butter
  • 2 cups water
  • 1/4 cup all purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/8 teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • 1/4 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1 tbsp Worcestershire sauce
  • 1 teaspoon Tabasco sauce
  • 2-3 tbsp green onions chopped
Instructions
Grits
  1. In a large pot, bring water, milk and salt to a boil. Stir in grits, reduce to simmer, and cover. Let simmer until all of the liquid is absorbed, about 15 minutes.
  2. Stir in butter and cheese.
Sausage and Peppers
  1. In a large skillet over medium heat, cook bacon until it begins to crisp, about 9 minutes. Flip halfway through cooking time. Remove bacon to a paper towel lined plate, but leave the bacon juices in the skillet.
  2. Turn heat to medium-high and add peppers, onions, garlic, Old Bay, and lemon juice. Saute until peppers and onions are softened, about 8 minutes. Remove from pan place in bowl.
  3. In same skillet, add sausage and cook, stirring occasionally, until outsides are browned. Remove from skillet and set aside.
  4. Reduce heat to medium. Add butter to skillet and let melt. Then, add water and salt. Slowly, whisk in flour.
  5. Stir in cayenne pepper, garlic powder, Worcestershire and Tabasco. Let simmer for about 5 minutes, or until sauce begins to thicken.
  6. Once sauce begins to thicken, stir in bacon, peppers and onion, and sausage.
  7. Serve sausage mixture over grits. Sprinkle with green peppers and additional Tabasco sauce if desired.
Nutrition Facts
Sausage and Grits
Amount Per Serving
Calories 549 Calories from Fat 297
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 33g 51%
Saturated Fat 14g 70%
Cholesterol 86mg 29%
Sodium 1629mg 68%
Potassium 581mg 17%
Total Carbohydrates 38g 13%
Dietary Fiber 1g 4%
Sugars 8g
Protein 21g 42%
Vitamin A 30.3%
Vitamin C 92%
Calcium 23.8%
Iron 11.5%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

Sausage and Grits. Creamy, cheesy grits topped with sausage, bacon and vegetables in a delicious, lightly spicy sauce. 

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