22
Mar

Food Friday Featuring: A Tasty Time Saving Easter Brunch

strata

Easter weekend is right around the corner and this has put me into full on planning mode.  Easter egg decorating, Easter egg hunts, family visits and lots and lots of meals.  Mid day feasts, followed by evening feasts, means I have to be organized and ready. I discovered this recipe about a year ago and it has been a great, east, “go to” recipe when there are lots of mouths to feed and you want to make a good impression.

Enter the (Ham), Cheese and Spinach Strata.  This recipe is from Trish Magwood, and works beautifully for a crowd of both kids and adults.  This meal has few ingredients, is fast and easy to prepare and can be made the night before – a huge time saver for holiday weekends like this one.  It can be made with or without the ham or you can add something else that you prefer.

Happy Food Friday!

Ingredients:

  • 3 Tbsp butter
  • 1 medium onion, finely chopped
  • ¾ lb thinly sliced Black forest ham, cut in wide ribbons
  • 6 cups baby spinach, washed dried and coarsely chopped
  • 2 cups grated Gruyere
  • 1 cup grated Parmiginao-Reggano
  • 1 baguette, cut into 1-inch cubes
  • 9 large eggs
  • 3 cups 2% milk
  • 2 tbsp Dijon mustard
  • 2 tbsp dry mustard
  • 1 tsp kosher salt
  • ¼ tsp nutmeg
  • A few pinches cayenne pepper
  • Black pepper to taste

 Directions:

  1. Butter a deep 9- X 13-inch gratin dish.
  2. In a heavy frying pan, melt butter over medium heat. Add onion and cook, stirring occasionally, until soft, about 4 minutes. Add ham and cook lightly. Remove from heat and add spinach, using tongs to incorporate.
  3. Mix cheeses together. Spread one-third of the bread in the gratin dish. Top with one-third of the spinach mixture. Sprinkle with one-third of the cheese. Repeat layering, ending with cheese on top.
  4. In a large bowl, whisk together eggs, milk, Dijon, dry mustard, salt, nutmeg, cayenne and black pepper. Pour evenly over strata. Cover and refrigerate 6 to 8 hours. Bring to room temperature before baking.
  5. Preheat oven to 350F. Uncover strata and bake for 50 minutes or until bread is golden and eggs are set. Let stand a few minutes before serving.

Jacq Mitchell

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