Last week I gave you a recipe for homemade sausage that was both tasty and contained much less fat and calories than you can find in prepared, pork sausages. This week, let's put those sausages with a traditional southern dish, made my way.

With good ol' cheddar cheese and apples, not to mention maple syrup, this is a great way to taste your first grits. Normally bland, grits are made creamier using milk instead of water and the cheese shines through beautifully, although highly despised by true southerners. And yes, I did say orange cheddar. Do you honestly think it is yellow? White is fine though, but orange gives it aesthetic appeal.

2 1/4 cup low-fat milk

1/2 cup white grits

1/2 teaspoon salt

1/4 teaspoon black pepper

1 1/2 cup shredded orange cheddar cheese 8 turkey sausage links 1 large apple, cored and cut into slices 3 tablespoons maple syrup In a saucepan, add milk and grits. Bring to scalding over high heat, whisking almost constantly. Reduce heat to low before it boils and stir in salt and pepper. Cover and simmer 4-6 minutes, or until it has thickened, stirring occasionally. Add the cheese, stir and remove from heat, replacing lid. After a few minutes, remove the lid to stir the cheese until melted. While the grits are cooking, cook your sausage links over medium heat. When done, drain and add the apple slices. Continue cooking sausages and apples until apples are just barely done. Drizzle maple syrup over the sausages and apples, stir to combine. Divide grits evenly among 4 serving plates, adding equal amounts of apple slices and sausage links. It's Just That Simple! See my article on corn in the article section of theyankeechef.com.