The Eat Food NOT Money Cookbook

Cheese Grits Casserole

I am a southern woman and I love grits! This recipe mixes together one of my favorite foods with one of my favorite ways to cook food: in a casserole! Throw it together, pop it in the oven and forget it for a little while.

What you’ll need:

3 c water
¾ c quick grits
2 c shredded cheddar cheese, divided
¾ c evaporated milk
1/3 c butter, softened
2 eggs, lightly beaten
¼ tsp tobasco sauce
1/8 tsp pepper

Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Grease a 2-quart baking dish. In a medium saucepan over medium high heat, bring water to a boil. Add grits. Cover pan and reduce heat to low. Cook, stirring occasionally, for 5 to 6 minutes. Stir in 1 ½ c shredded cheese, evaporated milk and butter. Continue stirring until cheese and butter are melted. Add eggs, tobasco and pepper, stirring well. Pour into prepared pan. Top with remaining ½ c cheese. Bake for 40 – 45 minutes or until it is golden brown and puffy. Let stand for 5 minutes before serving. Feeds 6.

Variation: Stir in 2 c diced, cooked ham before the addition of eggs to turn this side dish into a meaty main dish.

Cost:
grits – $1.89
shredded cheese – cheddar – $1.50
evaporated milk – $1.50
butter – $1.75/pound
eggs – $1.09/ dozen
Total – $2.97

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January 15, 2009 Posted by | -casseroles, -vegetarian (*or almost*), MAIN DISHES, SIDE DISHES | , , , , , , | 2 Comments

Marbled brownies

One of my favorites. I just made them a couple days ago. I only made a half batch of this recipe because there are only two of us eating. It didn’t hurt the taste at all. They were delicious!

What you’ll need:

For base brownies:

1 c. softened butter
1 ½ c sugar
4 eggs
2 tsp vanilla
1 ½ c flour
4 – 6 Tbl cocoa
½ tsp baking powder
½ tsp salt

For marble:

5 Tbl softened butter
1/3 c sugar
2 eggs
2 Tbl flour
¾ tsp vanilla
1 (8 oz) pkg cream cheese, softened

For brownie mixture cream butter with sugar. Add eggs and vanilla. Mix together dry ingredients and add to creamed mixture. Stir until combined. Spread cocoa batter into a 9 x 13 inch pan. Cream together marble ingredients and drop by tablespoonfuls across the top of the cocoa mixture. Using a butter knife, “draw” lines up and down and across the brownies. This makes the marble pattern. Bake @ 350 degrees for 40 – 45 minutes or until knife inserted in center comes out clean. Cool completely in pan on wire rack. Cut into squares.

Cost:
butter – $1.75/pound
sugar – $1.99/4 lb bag
eggs – $1.09/ dozen
vanilla – $2.25
flour – $2.12/5 pound bag
cocoa – $1.69
baking powder – $2.38
cream cheese – $2.06
Total – $4.16

January 15, 2009 Posted by | -brownies, DELICIOUS DESSERTS | , , , , , | Leave a comment