Thursday, December 24, 2009

3 different stratas and not an erik among them {egg strata}

Who doesn't like an easy solution for a crowd?
Especially when it is for breakfast
and perhaps the night before the next morning
is filled with fancy cocktails and lots o' bubbly?
and perhaps
too many sweets?

here's my breakfast solution
for just those days
like christmas
and new years
and easy
and not only can, but should
be prepared in advance
my recipe to make this isn't specific
but I think you can get the jist
about 9-12 cups of bread.  I use baguettes or rolls and tear them into nice size pieces and let them sit on a baking sheet to stale a bit....but it isn't essential.  You can use whatever bread you have, but I don't recommend biscuits.

about 9 large eggs
1 cup half and half or milk
salt and pepper
The 3 you see in the photo are:
leeks, mushrooms, zucchini, red bell pepper--sauteed in a bit of olive oil
stir in 1 small rondele or alouette while still warm
salt, pepper and nutmeg
layer with
parmesan and shredded mozzerella cheese
saute in olive oil
2 tubes breakfast sausage,1/2 onion
head of broccoli (tips only)
 stir in cube of cream cheese while still warm
layer with
shredded sharp cheddar cheese
saute in olive oil--lots of chorizo and
1 onion chopped finely
stir in 1 log chevre while still warm
layer with
shredded mexican blend of cheese

So here's what you do.  
Take the eggs and milk and whisk them together in a bowl.  Take your casserole pan and rub a bit of butter along the bottom and sides.  Drop a layer of bread into the pan.  Pour a about half of the egg mixture over and dig around so all the bread gets soaked. Place the filling either in a layer or as i like to do it in such a way so that it looks like the bread and filling are all tumbled together.  Top with a layer of shredded cheese.  Make a second layer of bread and repeat process.
Cover and let sit overnight in the fridge.  Bake at 350 for about 40 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean.
you can use any combination of veggies, meat and cheese that you like.  Too much egg is not a problem, too little will result in a dry strata so be careful.


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