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Tuesday, April 7, 2009

Brunch Bunch?

Thought I'd post one of my favorite recipe and tutorials on how to make it, Ham and Cheese Strata. It has been making the rounds in my family for years, my mom's recipe is my favorite. Her's always was flavorful and chock full of good stuff. I decided to share this with the world, both here on my blog and I was asked to guest star on April 19th on one of my favorite blogs, http://lollychops.com/. Her blog combines all of my favorites, crafting, sewing, and cooking! She features weekly guest chef's and I am thrilled to debut on her's in 2 weeks. Here is my contribution:
Ham and Cheese StrataAn easy but “fancy” brunch dish for holidays, showers, and special occasions. A great way to use up leftover ham, or substitute with cooked sausage or bacon. My mother made this dish often for brunch and showers, it makes up ahead of time, and holds its temperature well while guest serve themselves buffet style.

10-12 slices of white or wheat bread
¾ lb. grated cheddar cheese
1 10 oz. package frozen chopped broccoli, or steamed fresh (cooked and drained)
2 cups cooked lean ham (or leftover holiday ham, cooked sausage or bacon)
6 slightly beaten eggs
3 ½ c milk
2 Tablespoon instant minced onion
½ teaspoon salt
¼ teaspoon dry mustard
Optional, dry herbs like basil or parsley

Here are the steps:

Cut 10-12 circles or flowers out of bread
with cookie cutter. Set aside

Rip up remaining scraps of bread and layer in bottom of 9x13 pan.

Combine eggs, milk, onion, salt and mustard (herbs) and stir well.

Place cheese in a layer over bread, add a layer of broccoli, then a layer of ham. Pour egg mixture over bread.
Arrange bread cutouts on top.

Cover and refrigerate at least 6 hours or overnight.

Bake uncovered at 325 degrees for 55 minutes.
Let stand 10 minutes before cutting. Serves 10-12. We made this every Easter, or for baby and bridal shower brunches, you can cut shapes for the specific occasion!

Enjoy! Great reheated too!


Anonymous said...

Very timely. Now I know what to do with the leftover Easter ham.


The4Rs said...

Thanks for stopping by Marilyn, I am still fine tuning how it lays out, I am so frustrated with the difficulty of pairing pics with text. Is there a secret to this, or am I doomed to hours of tweaking with no relief? I am looking for advice!

sewtakeahike said...

this looks fabulous Sandy!

Anonymous said...

Your layout looks good, but I know what you're talking about. I usually use only one or two pictures to keep it simple.
I recently discovered that I could select the picture to drag it to a new location in the post, but it doesn't always end up where I want it in regard to the text.

There's got to be an easier way.

The4Rs said...

Agreed, thanks Penny too, the dish is always a hit, unless they are under 10, you can make one side just eggs, cheese and bread for the picky eaters...:)

Cassie said...

I tried this earlier in the week as I love breakfast for dinner and had some ham in the freezer.

not sure what i did wrong. good flavor. bad texture - it was soo mushy - i even put it bake in to bake for another 20 minutes. any hints?

Steph @ somewhatsimple said...

This looks so yummy! I am going to feature it this Thursday!

The4Rs said...

Thanks Stephanie, I just went back and enlarged the photos for your readers! Love your blog!

Unknown said...

This is a great recipe!!
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