By: Cindy Widder, Berlin Natural Bakery General Manager
In our busy lives, there’s just something so welcoming when the opportunity arises to have a weekend free, or a special get together with friends and family. The recipe I’m sharing this time enhances that warm and cozy feeling that such times can bring.
This recipe a layered, savory breakfast strata that is made ahead of time and is the perfect weekend brunch or can be used for any meal of the day. Strata is Italian for a baked egg and bread layered casserole and can be filled with meat, cheeses, and/or vegetables.
The recipe has all of the above. Instead of spending a lot of time in the kitchen, you just stick this hearty casserole into the oven and get back to relaxing, reading a great book or spending time with your loved ones.
Hearty Farmer’s Strata
1 pound sliced bacon, cut into ½-inch pieces
2 cups chopped fully cooked ham
1 small onion, chopped
10 slices Berlin Natural Bakery Spelt Bread (any variety)
1 cup cubed cooked potatoes (Can used frozen hash browns that have thawed)
3 cups (12 ounces) shredded cheddar cheese
3 cups milk
1 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce
1 teaspoon ground mustard
Salt and Pepper to taste
In a large skillet, cook bacon over medium heat until crisp; add ham and onion. Cook and stir until onion is tender; drain.
In a greased 13-in x 9-in baking dish, layer half the bread cubes, potatoes and cheese. Top with all of the bacon mixture. Repeat layers of bread, potatoes and cheese.
In a large bowl, beat the eggs; add the milk, Worcestershire sauce, mustard, salt and pepper. Pour over all. Cover and chill overnight.
Remove from refrigerator 30 minutes before baking. Bake, uncovered, at 325 degrees, for 65-70 minutes or until a knife inserted near the center comes out clean. Yield: 16 servings.
That’s it…..simple and delicious.
Until next time…..Happy Baking!!