Saturday, September 13, 2014

Garlic, Cheese, Sausage Grits Cakes

With a little prior planning you can kick up those grits to another level with these yummy Garlic, Cheese, Sausage Grits Cakes. Perfect served with cooked farm fresh eggs, or they're great on their own with a side dish of fresh fruit.

1 cup water
pinch salt
1 tsp. butter
3 tbls. grits
1 sausage patty, cooked and crumbled
1/2 cup shredded cheddar cheese
1 tsp. garlic powder

Bring water, salt and butter to a boil over high heat.  Add grits, stir to mix well; reduce heat to low, cover and cook stirring occasionally until grits are cooked and thickened. Remove from heat.

Line a small bread pan (5.75 x 3-inch) with plastic wrap, enough to overlap and cover all sides.

Mix cooked grits with cooked and crumbled sausage, cheddar cheese and garlic powder and spoon mixture into prepared pan.

Bring sides of plastic wrap up and over to cover mixture.  Refrigerate several hours, or overnight, until grits are well set and firm.

When ready to cook, remove from refrigerator and slice into 1-inch thick slices.  Spray an electric fry pan with some cooking spray. Place grits cakes in pan, cover and fry 2 minutes per side over 350 heat, turning only once. Grits cakes are delicate and will fall apart easily with too much handling.

Serve alone or top with a fried farm fresh egg and a side of fresh fruit.  Delicious!

Yield: 6 slices

*Cook's note - recipe is easily doubled