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Friday, January 31, 2014

What Was On The Table 1/31/2014

My husband had to work a double shift which meant I could not fix him his usual dinner at noon before his normal shift. So last night, I prepped this dish . My apologies for the bad shots, I think this camera's flash is on it's way out and I had a sick kid to deal with, so repeated staging was not an option.
Recipe is below.

Country Breakfast Strata 


    5 eggs
    1/2 onion
    1/2 bell pepper
    1 tsp garlic *optional
    1 cup sharp cheddar cheese or your favorite
    1/2 tbsp dijon or ground mustard
    4 tbsp milk
    1 package sausage links, or ground sausage or leftover ham
    3-4 slices of bread
    Salt & pepper to taste

Prepping the Strata:

Brown the sausage off.
Chop the onion and pepper , set aside.
Remove sausage from pan, set aside. Add the onion, pepper & garlic to same pan.  Sauté for about ten minutes. Set aside.
Cut your sausage, ham or whatever into chunks. Set aside.
Cut each slice of bread into 6 pieces. Set aside.
Crack 5 eggs into bowl. Add milk, mustard, salt & pepper to taste. Whisk to mix well. Set aside.

Constructing the Strata:

Spray a 9-inch x 5-inch loaf pan with cooking spray.
Add the first layer of bread slices to the bottom of the pan in one layer.
Then add a layer of the meat. Add 1/3 the onion and bell pepper mix.
Next layer some of your cheese.
Repeat two more times, dividing your ingredients.
Top the final layer with the rest of your cheese. I like plenty!
Pour the egg mixture over the entire strata, being sure that the eggs make it all the way to the top of the dish. Take care it does not spill over as you add it. I use a knife to pull the ingredients slightly away from the sides so the mix gets down the inside.  Press the strata down to get everything soaked with the egg.
Cover the pan with wax paper then foil completely and place in the refrigerator overnight.

Baking the Strata:

Preheat the oven to 400°F
Place the strata from the fridge and into the oven for forty minutes.
Remove the foil & wax paper. Continue cooking 5-10 minutes until the cheese on top is nicely melted.
Take care removing from oven. It will be very hot and might be drippy. Slice, plate & enjoy!

*~ You can use any combo of meats and or veggies and cheeses. Try portabella mushrooms in place of the bread. Precooking meat helps pull some of the grease off. Double as much as you want, just adjust the size of the pan, and try for at least 3 layers.

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