Holle's Grits, Ham, and Eggs Casserole

This is a favorite with my Southern family! It combines the traditional components of a good ol’ Georgia farmhouse breakfast: grits, eggs, cheese, and ham. Georgia declared grits as its official prepared food in 2002, which gives you an idea of how much we love our grits. I usually serve this casserole with fresh fruit and my wonderful buttermilk biscuits, which you can find the recipe for by clicking the link below this article.

I’m always a bit surprised when northerners ask me what grits are. Traditionally, grits are made from dried corn that has been soaked in a mixture of lye and water, which removes the hard shell from the corn. The kernels double in size, at which point they’re rinsed and dried. They’re then ground into grits.

This casserole is a great way to use leftover ham. If you’ve never eaten grits, this recipe is a good way to get your proverbial feet wet in the grits pot!

Holle’s grits, ham, and eggs casserole

What you’ll need:

6 cups water

Salt and pepper

2 cups uncooked quick grits (do not use instant)

½ cup butter

3 cups shredded cheddar cheese

1 cup cooked, diced ham

12 large eggs

½ cup milk

¼ cup grated parmesan

Directions:

In a large pot, bring water to a full boil. Add one teaspoon salt and pepper to taste. Slowly stir in grits. Reduce heat to medium low and cover pot. Cook for about 5 minutes, stirring frequently. The key to good grits is stirring them enough to break up clumps. When the grits are done and the water has been absorbed, add ¼ cup of butter and 2 cups of cheese and stir until well blended.

Remove grits from heat and stir in ham.

In a large bowl, mix together the eggs and milk and soft scramble in a lightly oiled skillet, seasoning with salt and pepper. Add to grits and stir.

Pour the grits mixture in a large buttered baking dish and drizzle with ¼ cup melted butter. Top with remaining cheddar and parmesan. Bake at 350 degrees for 30 minutes.

 

For another great grits recipe, watch the video below:

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Hello, hello, 6 years ago from London, UK

Another great start of the day. Wow. Thanks, habee.


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carolina muscle 6 years ago from Charlotte, North Carolina

Ok... I'm not big on grits, but it sounds good.....


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breakfastpop 6 years ago

Great breakfast idea!


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judydianne 6 years ago from Palm Harbor, FL

I'm always looking for a new way to make grits. I am the only one in my family who likes them.

Do you serve this with those wonderful Georgia peaches?


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Veronica Allen 6 years ago from Georgia

Yes habee - you know we love our grits :) I love mine with cheese.


Twenty One Days 6 years ago

I know every southerner has their perfect way of making grits. This is just one more reason to like them. Awesome!


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tonymac04 6 years ago from South Africa

This looks so yummy! Not sure if we can get grits here in South Africa and definitely sure I could not make them myself (yet!).

Thanks for sharing this gorgeous looking recipe. Bookmarekd (just in case I can find some grits! LOL).

Love and peace

Tony


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Rafini 6 years ago from Somewhere I can't get away from

Oh Yum! My step-dad was from South Carolina so I grew up eating grits - my ex's family thought grits were only on southern menu's 'for the he!! of it'. lol So far I've only had them plain (I don't seem to care for cheese in my grits) and in Chicken Noodle soup. I'll be trying some of these recipes, for sure! Thanks, Habee!! :-)


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lorlie6 6 years ago from Bishop, Ca

I SO miss grits! Well, now I'll have to bring some of the South to my California kitchen.

Thanks, Holle!


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Tammy Lochmann 6 years ago

Hi Holle...Saw this on Twitter. I also bookmarked. I can't wait to try this.


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prettydarkhorse 6 years ago from US

I also bookmarked this one, Thanks habee, Maita


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akirchner 6 years ago from Central Oregon

Can I substitute salmon for the grits?

Laughing....seriously I've never had grits before but always wanted to try them. Are they like corn?

Can you slightly tell I'm not a southern gal? Well, southern California but not a true southern girl!


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nancy_30 6 years ago from Georgia

This sounds really good. I usually buy the instant grits with bacon added. I love all three ingredients so I'm positive that I will love this recipe. Thanks for sharing.


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habee 6 years ago from Georgia Author

You're welcome, HH!


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habee 6 years ago from Georgia Author

Chris, how can a true Southerner not love grits??


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habee 6 years ago from Georgia Author

Bpop, I figured you'd like this one!


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habee 6 years ago from Georgia Author

Judy, that sounds like a great idea!


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habee 6 years ago from Georgia Author

V, I like mine any ol' way!


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habee 6 years ago from Georgia Author

Yep, James, we do luvs our grits!


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habee 6 years ago from Georgia Author

Tony, I need to mail you some grits!


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habee 6 years ago from Georgia Author

Glad you stopped by, Rafini!


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habee 6 years ago from Georgia Author

Laurel, guess I need to mail you some grits, too!


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habee 6 years ago from Georgia Author

Thanks, Hottest!


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habee 6 years ago from Georgia Author

Thanks, Lockerman! Howya been?


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habee 6 years ago from Georgia Author

Awwww...you're a pal, Maita!


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habee 6 years ago from Georgia Author

Buckie, when you and Bob come to visit, I'll be sure to feed you some grits!


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habee 6 years ago from Georgia Author

Nancy, I knew you'd love grits!


Susan 6 years ago

I like grits very much, thanks for the detailed recipe.


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habee 6 years ago from Georgia Author

This is really great on a cold morning, Susan!


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Sunnyglitter 5 years ago from Cyberspace

Grits and eggs are a staple in our house. Yum.


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habee 5 years ago from Georgia Author

Sunny, at our house, too!

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