Recipe: Breakfast in a bowl

This is our cheeky name for a big pot of grits with browned sausage, eggs, and cheese added.  This is a hearty breakfast that will stick to the ribs.  This is also what any self-respecting Southerner does when served eggs, grits, and sausage separately.  The cheese is just there because everything is better with cheese.

Breakfast in a Bowl

  • 6 cups water
  • 1 tsp. salt
  • 1 1/2 cups grits
  • 1 lb. breakfast sausage, browned
  • 6 eggs
  • 2 cups grated cheddar cheese

Cook grits according to directions on the package.  We do it like this: Bring water and salt to a boil.  Stir in grits and turn down heat; cook, stirring occasionally, about 5 minutes until grits are thickened.

Meanwhile, brown 1 lb. of breakfast sausage in a separate pan.  Drain.

Crack 6 eggs directly into the grits; cook and stir for 1-2 minutes.  Stir in sausage and cheese.  Salt and pepper to taste, and serve piping hot.


  1. Oooh – this may become another new favorite! I’m a big fan of mixed-up meals – and we love grits!

  2. They’re not quite the same as cornmeal. I think cornmeal is made of ground, dried corn, while hominy is corn processed somehow with lye. Then the hominy is dried and ground very coarsely to make grits.

  3. I’m so glad someone else asked what grits are. I knew they were corn, but didn’t know anything else about them. Are they the same as cornmeal, then, if they’re like cream of wheat?

  4. Mmmm grits! Thanks, I will add Franks red hot to mine. That isn’t a faux pas is it?

  5. Karen,
    I’ll try to remember to snap a picture next time, but it doesn’t look like anything special. It looks a lot like cream of wheat with bits of sausage, and slightly orange from melted cheese. The eggs don’t really show since we don’t scramble them separately. They just add some extra protein to help it “stick to the ribs.”

  6. Hm. Can you post a picture of your Breakfast in a Bowl? This northerner hasn’t a CLUE what this would look like. (You especially lost me when you mixed the eggs in the pan with the grits.)


  7. … I think I prefer to concentrate on “forcing” my kids to eat their veggies…


  8. Jennie Rose says:

    We got this occasionally growing up and we loved it!!! Thanks for the reminder! I have GOT to make it for my kids!

  9. Andrea,

    Grits are like cream of wheat only made of hominy corn.


  10. Kim Brenneman says:

    Awesome! My kids have made grits their favorite breakfast food this winter. They’re going to love this!

  11. Kim, thanks for posting this you must have read my mind thru the web yesterday as I wondered how that would be made. Will have to try this.

  12. um. I am going to stick my neck out here…

    But since childhood and the t.v. show Alice (should I be embarrassed to admit watching that?), I have always wondered what


    are… can you help me out here?

  13. Hun,

    You should mention that grits served plain is usually cooked with 1/4 cup of grits per cup of water and that it usually takes 2 cups of grit for a man sized portion 🙂


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