Holiday Rosemary and Ham Casserole


  • 2 pounds cooked ham, cubed
  • 4 cups water
  • 1 cup grits
  • 2 cups shredded sharp Cheddar cheese
  • 1/4 cup butter
  • 1 1/2 cups milk
  • 5 eggs
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • 1 teaspoon chopped fresh rosemary
  • 1 clove garlic, minced


Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C).

Layer ham into a 2-quart casserole dish.

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Bring water to a boil in a saucepan. Slowly pour grits into the water while stirring constantly. Reduce heat to medium-low, and simmer until the grits are tender and thick, 3 to 4 minutes. Mix Cheddar cheese and butter into grits.

Whisk milk, eggs, salt, and cayenne pepper together in a bowl; stir in rosemary and garlic. Pour grit mixture over ham. Cover casserole dish with aluminum foil.

Bake in the preheated oven until casserole is bubbling, about 45 minutes.