Although my life has been dedicated to feeding people sweets, I realize that sometimes we need to eat real food as well. In keeping with the baking theme, I wanted to provide you with a recipe for a basic strata. Think baked-french-toast with a savory twist. This is my go to recipe when I’m having people for brunch or even for a light meal on a weeknight. The best part about this recipe is that you most likely have everything in your house already. I’ve provided a few variations if you want to mix it up a bit. Easy peasy and so yummy! Stay sweet! Susan
8 large eggs
1 1/4 cups milk (can use whole milk, fat free, heavy cream or half and half or any combination)
1/4 teaspoon salt
1 loaf of bread (stale is better) – cut into cubes (you need about 6 cups)
1 1/2 cups cheese (cheddar or any other hard cheese)
Whisk the eggs, milk, salt and pepper together. Add the bread and mix until most of the liquid is absorbed. Pour into a deep 8 or 9-inch pan. Press the bread down and sprinkle with 1/4 cup cheese. Cover with foil and let sit for at least 30 minutes or overnight. Bake 350 for 25 minutes. Let cool 10 minutes before cutting and serving.
Potato Leek – Peel one potato and slice thinly. Clean and slice only the white part of the leek (save the green for chicken soup!). Saute in a little bit of olive oil until the potatoes are fully cooked. Let cool 15 minutes and add the bread mixture. Cut the cheese to 3/4 cup and use white cheddar.
Ham and Bacon – Cook the bacon and crumble slightly. Cut ham into small cubes. Add both the bread mixture and bake as above. Use 1 1/4 cups cheese.
Sausage and onion – Dice one small onion and sauté until translucent. Take three links of sausage out of the casing and add to the onion mixture. Cook until done, let cool and add to the bread mixture. Use 3/4 cup cheese for this recipe.
Contributor: Susan O’Keefe
Susan O’Keefe has been baking since she was a little girl. With a passion for baking and a background in marketing and sales, she opened Baked by Susan right in the heart of the little river town of Croton-on-Hudson where she lives with her husband and three growing boys. Visit Baked by Susan at 163 Grand Street, Croton-on-Hudson, NY or at Bakedbysusan.com. Like us on Facebook and Instagram! More Info on contributor…
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