Tuesday, May 18, 2010

Breakfast for a crowd

This is the perfect choice to make when having guests for breakfast/brunch.  Make it the night before, cook in the morning, serve with some fresh fruit and you have an easy meal that will not drag you out of bed early in the morning or away from your guests to prepare.  I often add in some chopped asparagus or peppers for extra nutrition.


1/2 cup sun-dried tomatoes (not oil packed), chopped
12 ounces hot Italian sausage, casing removed
3 1/2 cups milk (do not use low-fat or nonfat)
8 large eggs
2 teaspoons minced fresh thyme or 3/4 teaspoon dried
1 1/2 teaspoons salt
1/4 teaspoon ground black pepper
11 slices whole-wheat sandwich bread (about 1 pound), crusts trimmed, bread cut into 1-inch pieces
1/2 cup chopped onion
1/2 cup fresh grated Parmesan cheese (about 1 1/2 ounces)
1 cup (packed) grated mozzarella cheese (about 4 ounces)
1/4 cup crumbled soft fresh goat cheese (such as Montrachet)
Chopped fresh parsley


Place sun-dried tomatoes in medium bowl. Pour enough boiling water over to cover. Let stand until softened, about 15 minutes. Drain.

Sauté sausages in heavy medium skillet over medium heat until cooked through, breaking up with back of spoon, about 5 minutes. Using slotted spoon, transfer sausage to paper towels and drain well.

Butter 13x9x2-inch glass baking dish. Whisk milk, eggs, thyme, salt and pepper in large bowl to blend. Add sun-dried tomatoes, sausage, bread, onion and Parmesan cheese and stir to blend. Transfer to prepared dish. Cover and refrigerate at least 4 hours or overnight.

Preheat oven to 375°F. Bake strata uncovered until puffed and golden brown, about 45 minutes. Sprinkle with mozzarella and goat cheese and bake until mozzarella melts, about 5 minutes. Transfer pan to rack and cool 5 minutes. Sprinkle with parsley.

Yield: Serves 8

Bon Appétit | April 1996

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