Thursday, November 20, 2008

Lisa Lyle's Yummy Grits

This morning I had a most amazing brunch with my Intercessor ladies to celebrate all that we are thankful for and I signed up to bring a grits casserole!  If you only knew how much joy was brought to my life when I saw the sign up sheet and there was a line open for a grits casserole--oh I could hear Lisa Lyle's giggle!  She'd be so proud, I know!  

You see, of course there is a story behind it.  During my years at RHUMC  my dear friend would make these grits for me whenever there was a special occasion--but especially for the special occasions in my life--from birthdays to wedding shower--she always had a way of making me smile!  I never asked for the recipe as I always just referred to them as Lisa Lyle's yummy grits.  Well, then the Lord moves us and I lasted about 2 weeks before I was emailing her asking her for the recipe...I even asked if they had a bet going on how long it would take for me to ask for them!  Well once I saw what was in these grits, I almost died--but I promise they are well worth the calories! :)  

Well at our brunch, I had many requests for the recipe, so I thought I would share it with all of you out there!  Here we go...with her notes that she passed on to me--I now pass on to you...(even if you aren't going to make them now--scroll down and read my oops rendition on the bottom!)

Lisa Lyle's Yummy Grits (I don't know if they ever had a name, but this is what I call them).

1-1/4  cups water 
2 cups half & half 
1 teaspoon salt 
1 cup quick cooking grits
1/2 cup plus 1 tablespoon butter 
1/3 cup diced green onions - 
I rarely put these in 
4 ounces processed cheddar cheese, cubed (suggested: Velveeta) 
1/4 teaspoon garlic powder 
2 1/2 cups shredded cheddar cheese 
1 (10-ounce) can diced tomatoes and green chilies (suggested: Ro-Tel)

Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. 
In a saucepan, bring the water and 1/2 & 1/2 to a boil. Add the salt and slowly add the grits and return to a boil, stirring constantly for 1 minute. While stirring the grits add the 1/2 cup of butter and stir until butter is melted. Reduce the heat, cover and cook for 3 to 5 minutes, or until the grits are thick and creamy. Remove from heat and set aside.   Using a skillet, saute the onions in the remaining tablespoon of butter for 1 minute.  
(only if you want to add onions)  Add the processed cheese, garlic powder, 1 1/2 cups cheddar, and onions to grits, and stir until the cheese is melted. Add the tomatoes and mix well.  Pour the grits into a greased 9" x 11" glass casserole pan and bake for 40 minutes. Sprinkle remaining 1 cup cheese over the casserole for the last 5 minutes of cooking time.

**My oops rendition this morning:  So my most wonderful hubby made the comment that I always make this dish when I'm going somewhere and I never make it for him.  Well this recipe makes a pretty big dish--way too much for the two of while I was making one for the brunch this morning I was trying to do the math in my head of cutting everything in half and making him a smaller dish of the grits.  All went well until the cheddar cheese came in and I didn't  read the part that said put in 1 1/2 cups of cheddar cheese--saving the other cup for all 2 1/2 cups went in---ooppsss!!!!  So....I added an extra 1/2 can of rotel tomatoes (left over from the batch I was making hubby) and dumped it in to my big pot to try to counteract how cheesy my grits just got (I'm letting you see how my brain works--I'm sure there are many other ways to fix this and I just don't know them!) and didn't put any cheese on the top...I was told at the brunch today that you can never put in too much cheese---so I guess they turned out okay! :)

Okay, enjoy and by the way--I don't put in the green onions either! :)


steve and randel hambrick said...

they were SOOOOOO yummy!!! i wonder what they would be like with fat free half and half... ever tried it?

Anonymous said...

I should have done like you, and just made sure I show up when you are making these grits.
Now that I read the ingredients, I am off to the gym! You saw me going back for seconds, and yes, it was worth it, although I may have to confess in advance my thoughts when I am on the elliptical!