As much as I enjoy hosting dinner parties, I also love having friends over for a casual, relaxed breakfast.
There's no better way to welcome close ones into your home than with the savory, cheesy smell of an oven-baked strata. This layered dish of bread, eggs, cheese, meat, and vegetables is not only crave-worthy, comforting breakfast food at its best, but, as a casserole, it's also a great timesaver — forget making custom batches of scrambled eggs!
If you're accommodating meat eaters as well as vegetarians, try making the slightly more elaborate expert recipe, which caters to both. To see the recipes,
. 9 1-inch-thick slices French bread (each about 3x5 inches) Makes 6 servings. 1 (10-ounce) package frozen spinach, thawed Serves 6 to 8.
5 large eggs
1 teaspoon Dijon mustard
1 teaspoon dried basil
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 1/2 cups half and half
2 cups (packed) grated sharp cheddar cheese (about 8 ounces)
1/2 green bell pepper, cut into 2 x 1/4-inch strips
15 cherry tomatoes, halved
6 ounces smoked sausage (such as kielbasa), cut into 1/2-inch cubes
2 tablespoons minced onion
Chopped fresh parsley
1 1/2 cups finely chopped onion (1 large)
3 tablespoons unsalted butter
1 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon black pepper
1/4 teaspoon freshly grated nutmeg
8 cups cubed (1 inch) French or Italian bread (1/2 pound)
2 cups coarsely grated Gruyere (about 6 ounces)
1 cup finely grated Parmigiano-Reggiano (about 2 ounces)
1 cup cooked breakfast sausage, ham, or shredded meat (optional)
2 3/4 cups milk
9 large eggs
2 tablespoons Dijon mustard
9 1-inch-thick slices French bread (each about 3x5 inches)
Makes 6 servings.
1 (10-ounce) package frozen spinach, thawed
Serves 6 to 8.