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Simple Breakfast Strata With Sausage

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Chef David shares a wonderful recipe for strata. It's a simple recipe that you can put together in an hour one evening so you can put it in the oven for a quick and easy breakfast the next morning. For those that don't know, strata means 'layers' and so you can probably guess that we will be layering in ingredients. It is mainly egg and cream and bread. You can add other stuff to it to make it to your taste.
Ingredients
  Egg 6 Medium
  Half n half 24 Tablespoon (11/2 cups)
  Salt 1⁄2 Teaspoon
  Cracked black pepper 1⁄4 Teaspoon
  Cumin powder 1⁄2 Teaspoon
  French bread 8 Ounce (6-8 ½” slices of day old bread)
  Chorizo sausage 8 Ounce
  Anaheim pepper 1 Medium, roasted, skinned, seeded and chopped
  Poblano pepper 1 Medium, roasted, skinned, seeded and chopped
  Cheddar cheese 1 Cup (16 tbs), shredded (or 11/2 cups (or a blend of Mexican cheese))
  Bottled salsa 1 Cup (16 tbs) (Canned chunky salsa of whatever brand you prefer, pureed in a blender or food processor)
  Cilantro 1 Tablespoon, chopped
Directions

GETTING READY
1. Cook the chorizo in a skillet and crumble. When cooked, drain on a paper towel.
2. In a bowl, whisk the eggs, half & half, salt, pepper and cumin.
3. Grease an 8”x 8” casserole dish with butter.

MAKING
4. Next, place a layer of bread on the bottom. Tear pieces of bread to fill any large gaps. Spread the cooked chorizo and then ½ of the cheese on top of the bread.
5. Add a second layer of bread and again, fill any large gaps with torn pieces of bread. Spread the chilies and then the rest of the cheese on the second layer.
6. Slowly add the egg mixture over the bread. The egg mixture will slowly spread throughout the casserole. If all of the egg mixture doesn’t fit, that’s OK. Don’t overfill.
7. Loosely cover with plastic wrap or foil and then place a plate or other flat object over the casserole. Weight with a couple of 12-16 ounce cans. This will help the egg mixture uniformly spread throughout the dish.
8. Place in the refrigerator for eight to twelve hours.

FINALIZING
9. When ready to bake, preheat the oven to 350 degrees.
10. Bake uncovered for 50-60 minutes, until the Strata is set and the top has browned. The Strata should rise like a soufflé. A knife inserted will come out clean.
11. Allow to rest for five to ten minutes.

SERVING
12. Cut and serve, garnishing with salsa and cilantro.

NOTE
This recipe is best made with a lighter French bread, than heavy artisan bread.
If you don’t have time to roast your own peppers, a four ounce can of Anaheim peppers can be substituted.

Recipe Summary

Difficulty Level: 
Easy
Cuisine: 
Italian American
Course: 
Breakfast
Taste: 
Spicy
Method: 
Baked
Dish: 
Casserole
Interest: 
Holiday
Ingredient: 
Egg
Restriction: 
High Protein, Low Sugar
Preparation Time: 
480 Minutes
Cook Time: 
60 Minutes
Ready In: 
0 Minutes
Servings: 
6
A Strata is just perfect for a weekend brunch menu. It can be assembled the day before and like a casserole, it is indeed a one-dish wonder meal; your favorite omelet and toast in one dish. This recipe combines the spicy flavor of chorizo and two different roasted peppers, and is garnished with salsa and cilantro. Prepare some fresh fruit, while the Strata is cooking, to complete the meal.

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