26th Annual Good Food Hour Recipe Contest: Bacon

Second Place Winner: Marna Hill's Bacon-y Cheese Grits Soufflé

Bacon-y Cheese Grits Soufflé

- 8 slices applewood smoked bacon (or other favorite)
- 1 stick (1/4 pound) of sweet butter + a little extra to grease the pan.
- I Cup regular grits
- 1 ½ Cups extra-sharp cheddar cheese, grated + a little extra for top
- 1 2/3 Cups milk
- 3 well-beaten eggs
- 2 teaspoons fresh thyme OR 1 teaspoon dry thyme

Cook up 8 rashers of applewood-smoked bacon ‘til crisp. Crumble.

Pre-heat oven to 350 degrees.

Sweet butter-up (grease) a 2 qt casserole.

Cook 1 cup of grits (not the quick-cook kind) according to package.

While hot, stir in 1½ cup grated extra-sharp cheddar cheese and ¼ lb (1 stick) sweet butter until melted.

Cool slightly, then stir in 1 2/3 cup milk and 3 well-beaten eggs, and 2 teaspoons fresh thyme (or 1 teaspoon dry thyme) and the crumbled bacon to the grits.

Pour into buttered casserole. Sprinkle the top with a little extra grated cheddar.

Bake at 350 degrees for 45-55 minutes. Serves 8.


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