Cheesy Garlic Grits Casserole

Cheesy Garlic Grits Casserole
serves 6
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6 tablespoons unsalted butter
3 3/4 cups water
1 teaspoon salt
1 cup old fashioned or quick cooking grits (not instant)
3/4 cup heavy cream
1 cup grated cheddar cheese
3 tablespoons mashed roasted garlic puree
2 large eggs beaten
3/4 teaspoon paprika

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F.

Grease a 2-quart souffle dish with 2 tablespoons of the butter and set aside.

In a medium saucepan, bring the water and salt to a boil. Stirring, add the grits and return to a boil. Reduce the heat to medium-low and simmer, stirring, occasionally, until the grits are thick, smooth and creamy, 15 to 20 minutes. Add the cream and cook until well incorporated, about 3 minutes. Remove from the heat and stir in the remaining ingredients. Pour into the prepared casserole and bake for 40 minutes.

Remove from the oven and serve hot.