Grits with maple syrup and bacon, topped with chives.
|1||cup quick-cooking grits|
|½||cup maple syrup|
|Fresh chives (optional)|
Preheat oven 350. Grease 1½-quart round casserole or souffle dish; set aside. Cook bacon an large skillet over medium-high heat about 7 minutes or until crisp. Remove bacon to paper towel; set aside. Reserve 2 Tbsp bacon drippings.
Combine milk, water, grits and salt in medium saucepan. Bring to a boil over medium heat, stirring frequently. Simmer 2 to 3 minutes or until mixture thickens, stirring constantly. Remove from heat; stir in syrup and reserved 2 Tbsp bacon drippings.
Crumble bacon; reserve ¼ cup for garnish. Stir remaining crumbled bacon into grits mixture.
Beat eggs in medium bowl. Gradually stir small amount of grits mixture into eggs, then stir back into remaining grits mixture. Pour into prepared casserole.
Bake 1 hour and 20 minutes or until knife inserted into center comes out clean. Top with reserved ¼ cup bacon. Garnish with fresh chives, if desired. Serve immediately.