Easy Breakfast Strata
While we all love the holidays, we DON’T love the heaviness that comes with big Christmas roasts or holiday hams. So skip the sluggishness this year. Go with a lighter, bright holiday brunch. This customizable breakfast strata will keep you full without the heaviness.
4 large eggs
1/2 cup milk
1 tsp. mustard
¼ tsp. each salt and pepper
3 cups bread, cubed
3/4 cup cooked sausage, bacon or ham, diced
½ cup vegetables (onion, spinach, peppers), cooked to tender and chopped
1 cup shredded cheese (gouda, fontina, sharp cheddar or a mix)
Crack the eggs and place in a large bowl with milk, mustard and salt, and pepper; whisk until well combined. In a greased rectangular baking dish, place bread, meat, and vegetables. Pour the egg mixture over the bread and gently press the bread down to make sure it is covered in liquid.
Sprinkle cheese over the top and cover with foil. Let it rest on the counter for at least 30 minutes or overnight in the refrigerator. Keep covered and bake for 30 minutes at 350°F. Uncover the strata, and continue baking until the center is firm (15-20 minutes). Remove from the oven and let cool at least 5 minutes. Cut and serve.
By Lori Ross, Southern Boating December 2018