When nights turn into days and the list of weekend to-dos include brunch or make ahead lunch or just planning ahead for a different take on dinner for Monday night, I go for egg soaked bread, cheese and some extra additions that create a heavenly meld with aforementioned egg, bread and cheese.
Which pretty much leaves the playing field wide open.
Some people that know me probably think I live on this stuff. Stratas are my standard bring along when I’m asked to bring a breakfast for a baby shower brunch or when I’m on breakfast duty during our yearly girl’s get away weekend. I’m fine by that.
I’ll leave the jello shots to my college roomies who end up with the more technical part of the bargain.
Now with this Mediterranean Strata recipe, it really can morph to fit whatever your taste desires or what you can scrounge up from the cupboard or fridge. Heck, throw in the kitchen sink if you want.
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Mediterranean Breakfast Strata
- 3 tablespoons butter
- 2 cloves garlic , minced
- 2 shallots , minced
- 1 cup button mushrooms , sliced
- 1 teaspoon dried marjoram leaves
- 6 cups white bread , cut into 1/2 inch chunks
- 1/2 cup artichoke hearts , cut into 1/8ths
- 1/4 cup kalamata olives , quartered
- 1/4 cup marinated sun dried tomatoes , slivered
- 1/4 cup shredded Parmesan cheese , plus additional for topping
- 4 ounces or 1 cup Ciliegine Fresh Mozzarella cheese balls , halved
- 6 eggs
- 1 1/2 cups half and half
- 1/4 cup basil leaves , slivered
- Kosher salt
- Melt 1 tablespoon butter. For individual stratas, brush insides of four 1-cup baking dishes. If serving family style, brush inside of 2-quart baking dish.
- Preheat oven to 325°F.
- In large skillet over medium heat, melt remaining 2 tablespoons butter. Add garlic and shallot; sauté for 2 minutes. Add mushrooms and marjoram and cook for another 4 minutes. Remove from heat and place mushroom mixture in large bowl with bread chunks, artichoke hearts, kalamata olives, sun dried tomatoes, Parmesan and Fresh Mozzarella and stir to mix. Season lightly with kosher salt. Fill baking dishes evenly with the bread mixture.
- In 4-cup liquid measuring cup, mix eggs with half and half and pour 1 cup of egg mixture evenly over bread in each dish. Garnish with basil and more Parmesan.
- Place baking dishes on a baking sheet and bake for 50 minutes or until eggs have set. Remove from oven and let rest 5 minutes before serving.
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