Bring 2 cups of salted water to a boil. Slowly whisk in 1/2 cup quick grits, reduce heat and bring to a boil. Add the sugar and butter and salt and pepper, to taste. Reduce the heat and simmer until cooked.
Hard Boiled Eggs:
Add 4 eggs to a medium saucepan and cover with cold water. Bring up to a rapid boil then turn off heat and let the eggs sit for 15 minutes. Let cool then peel and chop.
Place sausage patties on a preheated greased skillet over medium heat. Cook 3 to 4 minutes per side until done. Chop coarsely.
Assemble Mini Breakfast Trifles:
Spoon grits into trifle bowls. Sprinkle in cheese. Add chopped hard boiled eggs. Spoon chopped sausage on top and add the tomatoes on top of the sausage. Garnish with a dollop of sour cream and chopped chives.