I hope that everyone had a good weekend, and if you are in the US a great long weekend. I know i did nothing but relaxed on and Island outside of Seattle for the whole weekend. It was great, of course i did some cooking too but it was still relaxing and the weather was great.
One of the things i have been wanting to share with you is my Strata. This dish was introduced to me by a friend years ago and i have been making it ever since, because it is an excellent brunch party dish.
One of the main reasons it is so great is that you can make it the day before and it is very easy and just delicious.
All you need is some stale bread, some meat, cheese and eggs and you are ready to go. Prepare it the night before and the morning of the brunch put it into the oven 1 hour before eating time and enjoy your guests.
One of the worst things I know is getting up hours early to start cooking for guest for brunch, I love having brunch parties but to me it is all about good planning. Another great brunch dish you can make the night before is Baked French Toast.
Yields: 8-10 people | Prep Time: 30 minutes | Bake Time: 50 minutes
1 lbs sausage cut into ½ inch pieces (hot and mild mixture)
4 ounces bacon cut into ½ inch pieces
1 onion chopped
1 zucchini chopped
½ cup mushrooms chopped
1/3 cup of spring onions
1 tbsp of fresh basil
1 tsp paprika
1 tsp salt
1 tsp dried oregano
1 tsp Dijon mustard
1 tbsp of fresh parsley
12 slices of stale bread, ½ cubed, with the ends cut off
¾ cups shredded Swiss
¾ cups shredded sharp cheddar
2 cups heavy cream
Cut your bacon and sausage and add to a skillet and cook for about 5 minutes or until bacon is cooked to your liking. Add chopped onions, zucchini, mushroom, spring onions, basil, paprika, salt, oregano, and cook for another 5 minutes. Remove from stove and add parsley and Dijon mustard and stir. Set aside.
Line 9×13″ greased baking dish with the bread. Then sprinkle the cooked ingredients on top. Cover with cheeses. And then whisk eggs and cream together and pour liquid over and cover tightly with aluminum foil. Refrigerate overnight.
The following day turn the oven to 350F degrees and bake for 40-50 minutes (without the cover for the last 10 minutes).
And for all those folks wondering where I got my wonderful “Eat” napkins, you can get them from Piper who is the owner of the wonderful boutique called One Sydney Road. They come in set of 4 and you can get a matching table runner as well. One Sydney Road has some very cute items for your home and you have to check it out.