Spicy Beef Sausage & Grits

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Total Recipe Time:  25 to 30 minutes
4 servings

1 recipe Cajun-Style Beef Sausage (recipe follows)
1 cup grits
3/4 cup finely shredded Cheddar cheese

Toppings (optional):
Shredded Cheddar cheese, chopped green onions, chopped green bell pepper
1.Prepare Cajun-Style Beef Sausage.  Remove from skillet; keep warm.
2.Prepare grits according to package instructions.
3.Stir cheese and sausage crumbles into grits.  Heat mixture 6 to 8 minutes.  Serve in bowl and garnish with additional cheese, green onions or pepper, if desired.

Cajun-Style Beef Sausage:  Combine 1 pound Ground Beef (93% or leaner), 1 tablespoon liquid smoke, 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder, 1/2 teaspoon onion powder, 1/2 teaspoon salt, 1/2 teaspoon smoked paprika, 1/2 teaspoon ground red pepper, 1/4 teaspoon ground black pepper and 1/4 teaspoon dried thyme leaves in large bowl, mixing lightly but thoroughly.  Heat large nonstick skillet over medium heat until hot. Add sausage mixture; cook 8 to 10 minutes, breaking into 1/2-inch crumbles, stirring occasionally.

Cook's Tip:  

Cooking times are for fresh or thoroughly thawed ground beef. Ground beef should be cooked to an internal temperature of 160°F. Color is not a reliable indicator of ground beef doneness.

Nutritional Information
Nutrition information per serving: 307 calories; 15 g fat (8 g saturated fat; 5 g monounsaturated fat); 106 mg cholesterol; 606 mg sodium; 10 g carbohydrate; 1 g fiber; 32 g protein; 7.2 mg niacin; 0.4 mg vitamin B6; 3.0 mcg vitamin B12; 6.9 mg iron; 24.0 mcg selenium; 7.2 mg zinc; 93.4 mg choline.

This recipe is an excellent source of protein, niacin, vitamin B6, vitamin B12, iron, selenium, and zinc.
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