How to Make Cheese and Grits Souffle Casseroles in Your Air Fryer
Have leftover grits? Save them and make little souffle casseroles in your air fryer. The casseroles--made in ramekins--are soft, moist, and cheesy. They are a great alternative to the usual egg casseroles, and you can adjust them to your taste. Want to add ham or sausage? Go ahead. You can also increase the spices and garlic, if you'd like. I prefer a less spicy but still tasty version for my breakfast, so the recipe I'm posting below is on the mild side. The grits casseroles take about five minutes to mix up and 30 minutes to cook in your air fryer, and the recipe makes enough for four ramekins. If you're short on time in the mornings, the mini casseroles can be made ahead and reheated, either in the microwave on 50 percent power or in the air fryer. Enjoy!
Air Fryer Cheese and Grits Souffle Casseroles -- Makes 4
2 cups of cooked grits--I use leftover grits
1 cup of milk
2 tablespoons of minced dried onions
3/4 - 1 cup of shredded cheddar cheese, divided
1/4 teaspoon of salt or to taste
1/4 teaspoon of pepper
1/2 teaspoon of minced dried parsley
1/2 teaspoon of smoked paprika
Spritz four ramekins with non-stick cooking spray and set them aside. In a medium bowl or measure, whisk together well the cooked grits, eggs, and milk. The grits should blend into the milk and eggs with no big lumps. Stir in the dried onions, 1/2 - 3/4 cup of cheese (save a little cheese for the tops of the ramekins), the salt, pepper, dried parsley, and smoked paprika until everything is combined. Divide the mixture among the ramekins and sprinkle the remaining cheese on top of the grits mixture. Place two of the ramekins in the air fryer basket, put the basket in the air fryer, and air fry the casseroles at 320 degrees for about 30 minutes or until set and a deep golden brown. Remove the ramekins from the air fryer basket to cool a few minutes before serving them and repeat the cooking process with the remaining filled ramekins.