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Cheesy Bacon and Ham Casserole

  • ½ lb. bacon (mine was already cooked and crumbled)
  • ½ lb. chopped cooked ham
  • ¾ cup quick-cooking grits
  • 1 (16-ounce) loaf prepared pasteurized cheese product, cubed 16 ounces shredded cheddar cheese
  • ¼ cup butter or margarine
  • 6 large eggs, lightly beaten
  • ½ cup milk
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • ½ teaspoon freshly ground pepper

Cook bacon in a large skillet until crisp; remove bacon, and drain on paper towels, reserving 1 tablespoon drippings in skillet. Crumble bacon, and set aside.

Cook ham in reserved drippings 1 Tablespoon olive oil in skillet over medium heat until browned.

Cook grits according to package directions. Remove from heat; stir in cheese and butter until melted. Stir in bacon, ham, eggs, and remaining ingredients. Pour into a lightly greased 13- x 9-inch baking dish.

Makes 8 servings

Source : Southern Living November 2001


We had fixed bacon earlier this week and set aside some for the recipes I had coming up that called for it. I do keep fresh bacon grease in the fridge and if a recipe calls for cooking other ingredients in the reserved bacon grease, I’ll warm the jar up, pour in the pan what is needed. With the hubby doing his bacon on the grill, we never had bacon grease!

This meal ended up being very inexpensive as we already had the bacon and the ham. This was one occasion where I had all the ingredients on hand, that doesn’t happen often. The hubby likes grits and I like them with cheese, but I wasn’t sure how the boys were going to take to them. The fact that it smelled wonderful likely helped to sway them to the grit side. It also made plenty, leaving a few leftovers for lunches.

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