Cheese Grits Casserole

Cheese Grits Casserole

3 cups water
3/4 cup quick grits
2 cups shredded sharp cheddar cheese, divided
3/4 cup evaporated milk
1/3 cup butter or margarine, softened
2 eggs, lightly beaten
1/4 teaspoon hot pepper sauce
1/8 teaspoon ground black pepper

PREHEAT oven to 375° F. Grease a 2-quart baking dish.

BRING water to a boil in a medium saucepan; slowly stir in grits. Cover pan; reduce heat to low. Cook, stirring occasionally, for 5 to 6 minutes.

ADD 1 1/2 cups cheese, evaporated milk and butter to saucepan; stir until cheese and butter are melted. Add eggs, hot pepper sauce and pepper; stir well. Pour into prepared baking dish; sprinkle with remaining cheese.

BAKE for 40 to 45 minutes or until golden brown and puffy. Let stand for 5 minutes before serving.