Heartland Cooks - Jane & Betty's Garlic Cheese Casserole

Jane Stacy shares her family's recipe for Garlic Cheese Grits - a Thanksgiving staple on her family's table.
Jane Stacy shares her family's recipe for Garlic Cheese Grits - a Thanksgiving staple on her family's table.
Left to right: Betty Cooper Hearnes, Jane Stacy, Mrs. A.B. Cooper of Charleston, MO
Left to right: Betty Cooper Hearnes, Jane Stacy, Mrs. A.B. Cooper of Charleston, MO
Missouri's 46th Governor Warren Hearnes & First Lady Betty Cooper Hearnes.
Missouri's 46th Governor Warren Hearnes & First Lady Betty Cooper Hearnes.
Missouri's 46th Governor Warren Hearnes & First Lady Betty Cooper Hearnes.
Missouri's 46th Governor Warren Hearnes & First Lady Betty Cooper Hearnes.

CAPE GIRARDEAU, MO (KFVS) - Jane Stacy of Cape Girardeau says her family hasn't had a Thanksgiving dinner without Garlic Cheese Grits Casserole in decades. Jane's sister, Betty Cooper Hearnes, is the widow of Missouri's 46th Governor Warren Hearnes of Charleston, Missouri, and herself a former Missouri State Representative and Democratic Party nominee for Governor in 1988. Betty picked up the recipe for her Ozark Grits Casserole on the campaign trail and brought it home to her family in Charleston. Now the casserole is served every year for Thanksgiving and Christmas dinners. According to Jane, her sister isn't much of a cook, but the Garlic Cheese Grits Casserole is so easy even Betty can make it. Jane shared the recipe for the dish she says is always "the first to go."

Ingredients:

  • 4 cups water
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup grits
  • 1 stick of butter
  • 1 (6 ounce) stick of garlic cheese
  • 2 eggs
  • Milk
  • 1 cup shredded cheese

Directions:

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.

Heat four cups of water, salt and grits on the stove top. Cook until grits are tender. Add one stick of butter and garlic cheese. Remove from heat and stir until butter and cheese melt completely.

In a one-cup measuring cup, beat two eggs and add enough milk to eggs to bring liquid level up to one cup.

Blend egg and milk mixture into cooked grits. Pour contents into a greased casserole dish and bake for 45 minutes.

Sprinkle shredded cheese on top of casserole and bake an additional 10 - 15 minutes or until golden brown.

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