Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F.
Grease a 2-quart souffle dish with 2 tablespoons of the butter and set aside.
In a medium saucepan, bring the water and salt to a boil. Stirring, add the grits and return to a boil. Reduce the heat to medium-low and simmer, stirring, occasionally, until the grits are thick, smooth and creamy, 15 to 20 minutes. Add the cream and cook until well incorporated, about 3 minutes. Remove from the heat and stir in the remaining ingredients. Pour into the prepared casserole and bake for 40 minutes.
Remove from the oven and serve hot.
Yield: 6 servings