I wanted to invite you over for brunch. Because it is impossible to invite all of you to my home, I made you brunch instead. I LOVE brunch. I know it gets a bad rap, but man is it good. You can pick breakfast or lunch and it is stuff I would not normally eat. I don’t think I told you how OBSESSED my mom was with breakfast casseroles for like an entire decade. Especially that one that uses cream of mushroom soup and seasoned croutons. To me it tastes like salt, but I guess for her it is all delicious.
If you haven’t noticed, I steer clear of processed foods, so seasoned croutons and cream of mushroom soup are two things that I do not put in my shopping cart (I am fairly certain they have more than 5 ingredients). In order to feed her cravings for breakfast casserole and stick to my 5 ingredient rule, I had to figure out how to make a lighter, less processed breakfast casserole. To do that, I made a strata.
Stratas are just like breakfast casseroles. They are really just the fancy term for our old favorite. Aside from how fancy it sounds and custardy and creamy it tastes, I love how easy and flexible stratas are. I stick to a general recipe to make a strata, only changing the protein and cheese, sometimes adding some low moisture vegetables. I like to make a small batch (1/2 baguette, 4 eggs, 1 1/2 c milk, 1 tsp mustard, 1 tsp hot sauce, 1/2 lb protein, 4 oz grated cheese, 1/4 c parmesan), but it also works really well doubled.
I like to make it on Saturday night to bake on Sunday for brunch. Then, we eat the leftovers for a few days for breakfast. I love this quick weekday breakfast.
Canadian Bacon Strata
Prep Time: 15 minutes active Overnight in
Cook Time: 40-60 minutes
Ingredients (6 servings)
- 1/2 pound Canadian bacon
- 1/2 baguette, cubed
- 1 green onion, chopped
- 4 eggs
- 1 1/2 cups skim milk (or milk of choice)
- 1 teaspoon mustard
- 1 teaspoon hot sauce (I use Frank’s)
- 1/4 cup parmesan cheese
- 4 ounces grated cheddar cheese
In a medium skillet, brown the Canadian bacon. Set aside.
In a medium bowl, whisk egg, milk, mustard, and hot sauce. Set aside.
In a 2 quart baking dish, add the bread and green onions. Toss with the Canadian bacon. Pour the egg mixture over the bread. Sprinkle the cheese over the top. Cover and refrigerate overnight.
Bake at 350 for 40-60 minutes or until set in the middle. If the cheese becomes too brown, cover with foil. Allow to sit 10 minutes before serving.