My Brunch Holy Grail Recipe- Spring Onion Strata!
Oh, I love brunch. I love the casual feel of a late, lazy, breakfasty lunch on a Saturday morning, after spending the morning doing a crossword puzzle or petting the dog. This recipe, which is originally a Nigella Lawson recipe, is the best strata I have ever eaten. It is great for company as well, as all of the prep work is done the night before.
1 crusty baguette, cut into 1/2 inch slices
6 spring onions (scallions) chopped
5 ounces mozzarella
2 ounces parmesan
4 ounces cheddar
4 ounces sour cream
Small handfull of fresh chives, chopped
The night before you plan on serving this dish, line a casserole dish with layers of your crusty bread. Try not to let the bread pile higher than the top lip of the dish, as you'll want your bread submerge in the eggy mixture. Next, throw all of the other ingredients in a food processor and process until incorporated. If you don't have a food processor, just make sure to chop your cheeses fairly fine, or shred them. I've made this both ways and they both came out great. Next, pour the egg and cheese mixture over the top of the baguette, cover tightly and refrigerate overnight.
The next day, when you are getting pretty hungry, preheat the oven to 350 degrees and put the casserole dish in the oven for 30 minutes. Throw a baking pan of bacon in the oven with this strata, have a fruit salad on the side, and maybe some mimosas, and you are golden. Lazy day achieved! Oh, who am I kidding? I won't be having any lazy days until my daughter Ernie is 10 years old, ha!
What's your favorite brunch food?