Breakfast in a Cup

Total Time:
45 min
15 min
30 min

1 cup serving, plus extra grits

  • For the grits:
  • 2 cups water
  • Salt
  • 1/2 cup quick cooking grits
  • 1 tablespoon butter
  • Half-and-half
  • For the scrambled eggs:
  • 2 eggs
  • Salt and pepper
  • 2 tablespoon water
  • 1 tablespoon sour cream
  • For the poached eggs:
  • 1 egg
  • Salt
  • 1 tablespoon vinegar, see Cook's Note*
  • For the crumbled sausage:
  • 1 pound ground bulk country sausage
  • Grated cheese, for topping
  • Chopped parsley leaves, for garnish
  • For the grits:
For the grits:

Bring 2 cups of salted water to a boil. Slowly stir in 1/2 cup quick grits, stir immediately and reduce the heat, then bring back to boil. Add butter and stir. Reduce the heat and simmer. Let cook approximately 4 minutes, then stir in half-and-half to desired creaminess. Cook grits to taste, up to 30 minutes.

For the scrambled eggs:

Have pan heating on stovetop over medium-high heat. Crack 2 eggs into a bowl. Add salt and pepper, water and 1 tablespoon sour cream. Whisk together. Add butter to pan. Pour in egg mixture and use spoon to scramble.

For the poached eggs:

Have water boiling in a large pot on stove. Add a sprinkle of salt and 1 tablespoon of vinegar to water. Use spoon to swirl water and drop egg into the middle. Cook for approximately 3 minutes for an over-medium egg. Remove from water. Allow water to drain off the egg before serving.

*Vinegar helps the egg to hold its shape by causing the outer layer of the egg white to congeal faster.

For the crumbled sausage:

Prepare according to package instructions.

To assemble:

Spoon grits into mug, about 2/3 full. Spoon sausage on top of grits. Add poached or scrambled egg. Sprinkle cheese on top then garnish with parsley.

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Remember recipes are guide lines and most can be made with adjustments. The idea of this is great. I made changes to suit my taste and came out fantastic.(My weekend guests raved about it. I added shredded pepper jack cheese, a little half and half and a little butter to the grits to make them creamy and not grainy. The next layer was chopped brisket (restaurant bought then scrambled eggs that I added a little cream cheese to to make them fluffier and creamier. The top layer was a little shredded cheddar cheese, which melts on top. item not reviewed by moderator and published
Made this in a casserole dish and shared it at a church function. There was none left! Made mine with cheese grits and homemade sausage with colby cheese on top. Delicious!! Thank you Paula! Yet another winner. item not reviewed by moderator and published
Not bad, first time I've ever had grits. Maybe next time I'll try a different flavor of grits than the original. All around though not bad item not reviewed by moderator and published
this was a really great idea me and my family loved it item not reviewed by moderator and published
I made this dish as a gift for the fathers of my church on father's day a couple of years ago and they loved it!!! And as an added bonus they got to keep the cup. item not reviewed by moderator and published
This was the worst breakfast I have ever made. The texture of the combination of the grits, sausage, and scambled egges was mushy and the entire meal lacked in flavor, but based on the ingredients it wasn't lacking in fat. I would not recommend this recipe to anyone. item not reviewed by moderator and published
Dear Paula: I tried it for supper and it was fantastic. My parents even liked it too. It's a meal all combined in a cup. I wonder how lasagna would tast like in a big cup too? Hmmm Anyway, keep coming up with down home delicious and new recipes us Southern gals just love. We watch your show all the time. Your so sweet and it just looks so natural the way you cook. Some of your recipes are a bit on the calorie heavy side, but ooooh so delicious. Have a great day whenever you read this! Love, Your fan Myra P. Lafayette, La. item not reviewed by moderator and published
This so nasty item not reviewed by moderator and published
My family and I really enjoyed this. It's a little time consuming but well worth the effort. Delicious and satisfying. We actually had this for dinner, as we love to have breakfast for dinner every so-often. I served this with biscuits. I will make this again. item not reviewed by moderator and published
Paula your recipe is the bombdigity!!!!!!!!!! If you have any lunch or dessert recipes in a cup please let me know when so I can come on the show. I absoulutly looove your show your the best cook there is around exept for my mom. well it's time to go HAPPY COOKING PAULA item not reviewed by moderator and published

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