Cheesy Grits Casserole With Smoked Sausage

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Cheesy Grits Casserole with Smoked Sausage can be eaten for breakfast, lunch, or dinner. You won’t be able to get enough of this wholesome southern casserole.

Cheesy Grits Casserole with Smoked Sausage

As much as I love to cook, dinner time during the back to school months can be stressful. Not to mention getting the kids fed and off to school quickly in the morning. Lately I’ve been turning to Butterball to help make quick and easy, plus lean and flavorful meals the whole family enjoys. No need to wait for the Thanksgiving turkey. Thanks to Butterball, turkey can be enjoyed at every meal. Guilt free.

Cheesy Grits Casserole with Smoked Sausage


One of my favorites is Butterball Turkey Dinner Sausage which I used in this Cheesy Grits  Casserole with Smoked Sausage. It comes in different flavors including a spicy one and a kielbasa. And there are probably a million quick and easy meals you can cook with this flavorful, but lean sausage. Try it in jambalaya or gumbo. It’s also great with pasta or in macaroni and cheese.

Cheesy Grits Casserole with Smoked Sausage

I’ve even been wanting to try  it sliced with some cheese in an omelet. Since fall is just about to begin, I can’t wait to try the kielbasa with some sautéed cabbage and apples for a meal with a little German flair. For even more dinner inspiration check out these Butterball recipes. If anyone tries the Smoked Sausage Alfredo, let me know. I can’t wait to try it. Butterball Turkey Dinner Sausage is 100% turkey and has 60% less fat than pork or beef sausage.

Cheesy Grits Casserole with Smoked Sausage

I also love the Butterball Frozen Turkey Burgers which come in original, sweet onion, cheddar, or All Natural. They have all of the flavor of a juicy burger, but much less fat. Flavor them up even more with a few slices of Butterball Turkey Bacon.  It has 65% less fat than pork bacon and only 25 calories per slice. Enjoy it with eggs for a protein packed breakfast. Cheesy Grits Casserole is a favorite of mine and it makes a great weeknight meal or brunch casserole for the upcoming holidays. Typically grits casserole is a little on the heavy side, but I’ve lightened it up by using Butterball Turkey Dinner Sausage, just a touch of butter, and less cheese than usual (use low fat cheese if you wish). The casserole can be assembled a day ahead of time to make for an easy dinner or brunch the next day. Just let it sit out at room temperature while the oven heats and add a few minutes to the cooking time. In no time at all, you’ll have a wholesome, rich, and creamy meal on the table. If serving for dinner, I like to add a small side salad. Next time you’re in a dinner rut, let Butterball help you put a lean, flavorful meal on the table that the whole family is sure to enjoy. And to make dinner more economical, print these Butterball coupons for the products mentioned in this post, plus Butterball deli meat.

Cheesy Grits Casserole with Smoked Sausage

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Cheesy Grits Casserole With Smoked Sausage

Course: Breakfast
Cuisine: Southern
Prep Time: 20 minutes
Cook Time: 45 minutes
Total Time: 1 hour 5 minutes
Servings: 6
Calories: 305kcal
Author: Christin Mahrlig
Cheesy Grits Casserole with Smoked Sausage can be eaten for breakfast, lunch, or dinner. You won't be able to get enough of this wholesome southern casserole.
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  • ½ tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 package Butterball smoked sausage, sliced
  • ½ red bell pepper, diced
  • 4 green onions, sliced
  • 2 cups water
  • 2 cups chicken broth
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 ¼ cups quick-cooking grits
  • ½ cup milk
  • 2 eggs, lightly beaten
  • ½ teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/3 cup grated Parmesan cheese
  • ½ cup shredded Cheddar cheese


  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees and spray an 11x7-inch baking dish with cooking spray.
  • Heat oil over medium heat in a nonstick skillet. Add sliced sausage and sauté for 2 minutes.
  • Add red bell pepper and onion and sauté 3 more minutes. Remove from heat and set aside.
  • In a medium saucepan, bring water and chicken broth to a boil. Add salt and then slowly stir grits in. Simmer grits for 5 minutes, stirring frequently.
  • In a medium bowl whisk together milk, eggs, and garlic powder. Slowly stir in about 1 cup of the hot grits to temper the eggs. Then pour milk/grits mixture into saucepan with the rest of the grits. Stir well to combine.
  • Stir in Parmesan cheese and ½ of the Cheddar cheese. Mix in the sausage mixture. Sprinkle remaining Cheddar cheese on top.
  • Pour into prepared pan and bake 45 minutes.


Calories: 305kcal

Cheesy Grits Casserole with Smoked Sausage

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31 thoughts on “Cheesy Grits Casserole With Smoked Sausage

  1. Here in 2020, I am STILL making this delicious dish! Didn’t realize how long I’ve been making it until I read through the comments and saw a post from 2015. LOL! Today I used breakfast sausage w/sage. So excited to dig in!

  2. This looks delicious but I need to make it at least in a 9×13 pan. If I double the ingredients will it be too much for that size dish?

  3. I’m definitely going to try this one, and although I generally don’t approve of revising a recipe before trying it first as written, I will probably change to breakfast sausage and maybe 5-10 minutes before baking time is complete, use a large spoon or ladle to make indentations, creak eggs into them and return the casserole to the oven until the egg whites are set. It may take a little experimentation to see if l will need to add a little extra milk (or cream) and extend the baking time a little. And garnish the finished dish with finely minced scallions and cilantro if there’s no one at my table who can’t eat cilantro. Of course, I could always put cilantro on the table to be used at will.

  4. This looks so yummy! Would this recipe work with regular grits rather than quick cooking grits? Would the oven cooking time change?

  5. I’m a widow, cooking for one. I know it has a small amount of milk in it, but does anyone know if this would freeze well in individual serving sizes?

  6. Thank you for your prompt reply. I will definitely give this a go at our next family brunch and would highly recommend it to all. It is a delicious addition to a Southern (and possibly any) brunch.

  7. Love this casserole, but Christmas morning takes up both my ovens. Can this be made in a crockpot/slow cooker? If so, could I get instructions?

    1. It can definitely be made in a crockpot Sandy. I haven’t made this particular recipe in a crockpot so I’m not exactly sure about the best cooking time. Instead of pouring it into a baking dish, pour it into the crockpot. And I would try cooking it on LOW for 2-3 hours. You really just need to get it hot enough that the eggs set up.

  8. made this tonight and it was incredible! Great recipe! Thanks so much for sharing. I used the English sausage bangers instead and it was fabulous!

  9. Made this casserole on the fly tonight. Super easy and super good. My family loved it and is looking forward to left overs. Thanks

  10. Sausage and cheesy grits.. for those that have the Pappadeaux restaurant near you, this is a staple on their menu but it is not the same everywhere. Best I had was at the restaurant in Cincinnati, worse was the restaurant in Austin , TX though they redeemed themselves with epic fried crawfish platter. I love their grits, very cheesy and savory though I think the sausage is pork not turkey.

  11. I love meals that come together easily and anything with cheese and sausage will definitely be a hit around here:) Grits and sausage sounds like a delicious combination!

  12. I agree, turkey shouldn’t just be for Thanksgiving! I love breakfast casseroles like this one, it is so nice having something nice a filling that doesn’t take much time to just heat up in the morning. It looks cheesy and delicious!

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