Strata, Layered and Luscious
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Kinda-like a savory breakfast bread pudding, a strata is similar to a quiche or frittata. It can be a breakfast, brunch,strata main dish, side or dessert. The mixture can be baked in any shape pan, even individual muffin pans. They are pretty easy but really too much work for an everyday breakfast or even family weekends. However, if you are expecting overnight company, planning a brunch or want to bring a substantial dish to an event, a strarta with all of its flavor choices will be a hit.

How precious it is also to have a festive dish you can totally make the day before and merely pop it into the oven just before serving. Frequently B & B websites will list their most popular recipes and usually there’s a strata, or two, sometimes called “egg casserole,” which earns its name because it is usually made in layers, similar to geology’s stratums, or rock layering.

People began to get the two-meal habit on weekends back in the late 1930s, and it wasn’t long before occasions came up with the idea of rather combining breakfast with lunch and calling it brunch.

We are presenting this strata piece as one with modular choices. Custom-make it as you see fit. Consult recipes below to judge proportion of egg and liquid amount to solids of meat, veggies and other items. For instance one strata uses 9 eggs, 3 cups milk and 8 cups cubed bread. This is important to avoid a dry strata. It should be creamy, custard-like and moist.

Here are some choices for strata items:

 

BREAD, CUBED (DAY OLD/DRY)

  • Baguette
  • Brioche
  • Challah
  • Italian
  • Panttone
  • Rye
  • White

 

 

LIQUID

  • Broth
  • Cream
  • Milk
  • Yogurt/crème fraiche/sour cream

 

 

AROMATICS

  • Celery
  • Garlic
  • Ginger root
  • Green or red pepper
  • Leek

 

 

OIL/SHORTENING

  • Butter
  • Olive oil

 

 

MEAT (thin layers)

  • Bacon
  • Canadian bacon
  • Chicken
  • Crab
  • Ham
  • Lobster
  • Prosciutto
  • Sausage
  • Smoked salmon
  • Turkey bacon

 

 

VEGGIES (thin layers)

  • Artichoke
  • Asparagus
  • Broccoli
  • Chard
  • Mushrooms
  • Pesto
  • Pumpkin
  • Spinach
  • Sweet potato
  • Tomatoes
  • Zucchini

 

 

HERBS/SEASONING

  • Basil
  • Bay Seasoning
  • Chili
  • Cumin
  • Dry mustard
  • Hot sauce
  • Onion powder
  • Paprika
  • Red pepper flakes
  • Rosemary
  • Thyme
  • Worcestershire

 

 

CHEESE

  • Cheddar
  • Feta
  • Fontina
  • Goat cheese
  • Mozarrella
  • Parmesan
  • Swiss

 

 

FRUIT (FOR DESSERT STRATAS, ADD SOME SUGAR)

  • Apple
  • Berries
  • Dried plums
  • Peaches
  • Pineapple

 

 

GARNISHES

  • Bacon bits
  • Grated cheese
  • Parsley

 

Saute your aromatics, then combine with other items and refrigerate, uncooked, for 8 hours or overnight then bake at 350 for 30 to 50 miniutes.

Below are foodsites with recipes for Egg Strata.

http://www.tablespoon.com/search?term=strata&termDataSource=d6fb75f5-d19a-49cd-9ba0-c10a6e45afb2

http://www.cooks.com/rec/search/0,1-0,egg_strata,FF.html

https://www.pinterest.com/explore/egg-strata/

 

About Marty Martindale

Foodsite Magazine and Marty aim to help the cooking-challenged avoid dependence on others due to lack of cooking knowhow. We concentrate on quick breakfasts, portable lunches and “good-4-u” night meals. With readily available web translation, the magazine explains separate foods, a little of their history, their nutrition, suggested “go-withs,” serving ideas and links to foodsites with recipes.

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