Cheesy Poblano, Sausage and Grits Casserole

 

This casserole is great for Brunch, Lunch or Dinner or for a potluck, don’t like it spicy, then use green peppers instead of poblanos.

Cheesy Poblano, Sausage and Grits Casserole

4 c water

1 cup grits (not instant or quick)

1 tsp salt

2 1/2 c grated sharp cheddar

1/2 c butter

2 eggs beaten

4 poblano peppers roasted and skin and seeds removed, cut into 4ths

1 package of smoked sausage cut into 1 ” rounds

1/4 c sliced green onions

In a large pan boil water, add grits and salt and stir, cover and reduce heat to low, cook for 5 minutes. Let cool slightly, add 2 c grated cheese, 2 eggs (slowly so they do not scramble, and butter, stir. Add 1/3 grit mixture to the bottom of a 9×13 pan, Layer the poblanos on to of the grits

Cover with another 1/3 of the grits and then a layer of the smoked sausage.

 

Cover with the remaining grits and then top with 1/2 c cheese and the green onions.

Bake for 30-40 minutes at 350 degrees, let cool to room temp before cutting if you want it to be cut into squares, if not the casserole will be runny (still delicious though, just serve with a spoon).

 

Andouille Sausage and Peppers over Smoked Gouda Cheese Grits

It’s been a week of go to, easy favorites for dinner in our house. We have graduations, birthdays, and baby showers to plan, not to mention Memorial Day. My kids are not huge seafood fans so this is a nice alternative to the classic shrimp and grits which I regularly crave. It is super quick and easy, yet filling and comforting.

5 links andouille sausage ( you could use Kielbasa if you don’t like the spice or the spice doesn’t like you ) sliced on the bias into bite sized rounds

1 green pepper sliced into thin strips

1 small yellow onion sliced

Saute the sausage in a large skillet for about 3 minutes, add onion and peppers and continue cooking over med heat until they are soft and sausage is cooked through.

Meanwhile cook 4 servings of Quick grits (not instant) according to package directions.

Add the following to the cooked grits:

2 T butter

1/2 c of milk

1 clove of minced garlic

2 cups shredded smoked gouda cheese

1 cup shredded sharp cheddar cheese

1 t cayenne pepper

1/2 t salt

1/4 black pepper

Stir to combine, add more milk if needed

Add grits to serving bowls and top with sausage and pepper mixture.

Best Ever Barbecued Shrimp and Sausage with Grits (and I’ve tried a lot)

No Easter Brunch, or any brunch or Mardi Gras celebration is complete without Shrimp and Grits. It is one of my favorite comfort foods and my go to order at restaurants. So I have had my fair share, and feel like I am a good judge of this dish. The winner for me is this recipe , from one of my heavily used cookbooks, Southern Living’s All Time Favorites. The sauce I use is pretty much the same but I add Cajun Style smoked sausage because my kids are not huge seafood fans.  I have had many compliments and given the recipe to many friends. This is a must have in your recipe file.

2Lbs unpeeled, extra large raw shrimp, cleaned and deveined (don’t be tempted to take the peels off, the shrimp will be dry and will not have as much flavor, the mess is worth it)

4 links Cajun style smoked sausage cut into 2 ” chunks (if you prefer add another pound of shrimp and skip the sausage)

1/2 c butter

1/2 olive oil

1/4 c chili sauce ( I use Heinz)

1/4 c Worcestershire sauce

2 lemons sliced

4 garlic cloves minced

2T Creole Seasoning

1T chopped fresh parsley

2T lemon juice

1t smoked paprika

1t dried oregeno

1t ground black pepper

1/2 t of your favorite hot sauce

Line a large baking sheet with foil, spread shrimp and sausage on pan evenly

Combine butter and remaining ingredients in a med saucepan over low heat stirring until butter melts and ingrediants are combined

Pour over Shrimp and Sausage, cover and chill in refrigerator for 2 hours, turning shrimp once ( I have even marinated them overnight and  just cooked them for a little less time)

Bake at 400 degrees for 15 minutes or until shrimp are opaque

Serve over cheese grits, sprinkle with chopped chives or parsley