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Holle's Grits, Ham, and Eggs Casserole

Updated on December 24, 2012

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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      Holle Abee 7 years ago from Georgia

      Sunny, at our house, too!

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      Sunnyglitter 7 years ago from Cyberspace

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

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      Holle Abee 7 years ago from Georgia

      This is really great on a cold morning, Susan!

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      Susan 7 years ago

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

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      Holle Abee 8 years ago from Georgia

      Nancy, I knew you'd love grits!

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      Holle Abee 8 years ago from Georgia

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

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      Holle Abee 8 years ago from Georgia

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

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      Holle Abee 8 years ago from Georgia

      Thanks, Lockerman! Howya been?

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      Holle Abee 8 years ago from Georgia

      Thanks, Hottest!

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      Holle Abee 8 years ago from Georgia

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

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      Holle Abee 8 years ago from Georgia

      Glad you stopped by, Rafini!

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      Holle Abee 8 years ago from Georgia

      Tony, I need to mail you some grits!

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      Holle Abee 8 years ago from Georgia

      Yep, James, we do luvs our grits!

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      Holle Abee 8 years ago from Georgia

      V, I like mine any ol' way!

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      Holle Abee 8 years ago from Georgia

      Judy, that sounds like a great idea!

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      Holle Abee 8 years ago from Georgia

      Bpop, I figured you'd like this one!

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      Holle Abee 8 years ago from Georgia

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

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      Holle Abee 8 years ago from Georgia

      You're welcome, HH!

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      nancy_30 8 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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      Audrey Kirchner 8 years ago from Washington

      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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      prettydarkhorse 8 years ago from US

      I also bookmarked this one, Thanks habee, Maita

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      Tammy Lochmann 8 years ago

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

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      HubPagesHottest 8 years ago

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      Laurel Rogers 8 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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      Rafini 8 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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      Tony McGregor 8 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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      Twenty One Days 8 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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      Veronica Allen 8 years ago from Georgia

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

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      judydianne 8 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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      breakfastpop 8 years ago

      Great breakfast idea!

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      carolina muscle 8 years ago from Charlotte, North Carolina

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

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      Hello, hello, 8 years ago from London, UK

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

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