For those of you who have never had grits you don't know what you're missing. Grits go with everything. I'm always so excited when I get a new bag of stone ground grits. These casseroles are sometimes called funeral grits because they are the near perfect dish to take to a family following a death, or to a family reunion, that's if you live in the South. I'm always looking for a new "funeral food" idea.
This recipe can be cut in half.
Funeral Grits Casserole
4 cups whole milk
1/2 cup plus 1/3 cup butter
1 cup regular grits (NO INSTANT)
1 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon freshly ground pepper
1 cup chopped sharp cheddar cheese
1/2 cup grated Parmesan cheese
Preheat the oven to 350 degree F.
In a heatproof casserole on the stove top, bring the milk just to a boil and add 1/2 cup butter. Add the grits to the casserole, stirring and continuing to cook until it has the consistency of cereal.
Remove the casserole from the stove and, using an electric mixer, add the remaining butter and salt and pepper. Return to stove top at medium heat.
Stir in the cheddar cheese until it melts. Sprinkle Parmesan on top. Bake 1 hour, until crusty on top.