Brunch in Franklin, NC

When I was a journalism student many years ago, I learned that whenever you indicated the name of a city, you needed to indicate what state it was in. There were exceptions (Los Angeles, Chicago, New York, etc…), but in most cases, the state needed to be there. Why? Because in many cases we have not been too original in naming our towns.

In fact, there are many town names that exist in one, two or even three dozen locations in the United States alone. In 2008, the US Postal Service released a list of the most common place names in the United States. Here is your top 12 with the number of locations in ():

12. Oxford (22) – Copied from olde England, I actually lived in Oxford, Ohio, for four years.

11. Ashland (22) – When I was young and would go visit my grandparents, one grandmother would take my brother and I to Ashland, Ohio. Now, it is the home to “Grandpa’s Cheesebarn” that is quite a site to visit.

10. Georgetown (23) – I’ve stayed in the one in the Washington, D.C. area.

9. Madison (24) – Last summer the family stayed a night in Madison, WI, on our way back from Yellowstone.

8. Washington (25) – My nation’s capital.

6. (tie) Salem (26) – Got a witch to try? Salem, MA, is the place for you.

6. (tie) Fairview (26) – My wife’s 98 year grandfather just moved from Fairview, OH.

3. (tie) Bristol (29) – ESPN baby! Bristol, CT.

3. (tie) Clinton (29) – Hmmm. I’ve got nothing.

3. (tie) Springfield (29) – The fictional home of the Simpsons characters, it was later revealed that it is the one in Oregon.

2. Franklin (30) – Located in southwestern North Carolina, it is nestled in the mountains and home to almost 4000 residents.

1. Greenville (37) – One of the largest towns near Franklin, NC, it is located in South Carolina.

North Carolina Sausage and Grits Casserole

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I’m sure this is a staple in Franklin!

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I’ve never really cooked much with grits and after making a shrimp and grits dinner, I had some grits to use up, so I found this casserole.

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Fry the sausage. I had some Italian sausage, so I used that instead of the Jimmy Dean.

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Make the grits.

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Add the cheese.

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Pour into a casserole dish. Note, this sits overnight in the fridge.

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It was delicious. A great brunch item!

North Carolina Sausage and Grits Casserole

prep 12 hrs ∙ cook 50 mins ∙ makes 8-10 ∙ source


  • 2 cups water
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 cup quick-cooking grits
  • 4 cups grated cheddar cheese
  • 4 eggs, beaten
  • 1 cup milk
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried thyme
  • 1/4 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 2 lbs sausage, cooked, drained and crumbled (we use hot Jimmy Dean hot variety)

    1 Bring water and salt to boil. Stir in grits. Return to boil, reduce heat, then cook for 4 minutes.

    2 In large bowl combine grits and cheese and stir until cheese is melted.

    3 Stir in cold milk, thyme, and garlic powder. Mix well.

    4 Stir in eggs, mixing well.

    5 Stir in sausage.

    6 Pour in 13 X 9 inch pan. Cover and refrigerate overnight.

    7 Remove from refrigerator and let stand 15 minutes. Bake at 350 degrees for 50-55 minutes.


    Calories 682.9
    Calories from Fat 494
    Total Fat 54.9 g
    Saturated Fat 24.5 g
    Cholesterol 222.4 mg
    Sodium 1582.6 mg
    Total Carbohydrate 12.9 g
    Dietary Fiber 0.2 g
    Sugars 0.4 g
    Protein 32.7 g


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    Categories: Baking3, Breakfast, Cheese3, Eggs, Pork2, Recipes

    Author:The Ranting Chef

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    2 Comments on “Brunch in Franklin, NC”

    1. November 22, 2014 at 12:20 pm #

      North Carolina does have some great regional food. We have German settlers in the Piedmont region, Irish fishermen on the coast, and the Scotch Irish in the mountains.


    2. November 24, 2014 at 12:11 pm #

      I am from and live in NC and this totally looks like some country mountain cooking. Looks delicious!


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