I mean, I know I'm one of four kiddos and my Mom was one of five children but even though we have such a history of big families, that doesn't mean you'll always have rockstar cooks in attendance. But I can honestly say, I've never known my Mom to make anything that's not absolutely scrumptious. It's like she just knows how to feed the masses and do it with grace and ease with complete and utter yumness!
You recently saw the re-cap from our the Birthday Brunch gathering HERE but what I didn't tell you is all the attendees (especially the men) were raving over 'my' strata. I think one of our good friend's Steve actually said, 'Yep, me plus a big glass of milk and that entire pan of strata and I've officially found my dream Saturday afternoon watching tv!' It was something along those lines and I died laughing. I asked Walt what was his favorite dish and he said, 'Number 1 was definitely the monkey bread and a close second was your Mom's strata!' So there you have it, the reviews are in...you'll want to try this recipe!
PS - There is really nothing at all healthy about this recipe, except for the fact that I used whole wheat bread in our version, ha! I also made it MORE unhealthy by using chorizo instead of regular sausage to spice it up a bit. I really think it added so much flavor so know that's also a meat option for your strata making fun!
Momma's Breakfast Strata Recipe
8 slices of bread, crusts trimmed, cut in fourths
1 lb. sharp, grated cheddar
1 lb. cooked, crumbled sausage or ham
2 1/2 cups cream (half and half is fine)
1 1/4 tsp. brown sugar
1 green onion, chopped
1/4 tsp. paprika
1/2 tsp. dry mustard
1/2 tsp. Worcester sauce
salt, pepper, cayenne
Blend together all ingredients from the 4 eggs all the way down to the salt/pepper/cayenne. Butter a 3 qt. baking dish (glass is best.) Layer half or bread, half of cheese and half of meat. Repeat until all layered. Pour blended egg/cream mixture over layers. Cover with foil and refrigerate overnight. Remove and let come to room temperature (takes about 2 hours.)
Bake uncovered 30 minutes or so at 350. Let stand 10 minutes before serving. Enjoy!
Cuttin' some bread...
Arrangin' it in butter. I mean, come on people, bread and butter is how this recipes starts out...YUM!
Sizzlin' up our chorizo!
The creamy/egg mixture.
One of my favorite ingredients...adds such a depth of flavor so don't omit these!
Hello...I love you!
Layered and ready for creamy mixture to be poured over.
Cream is in and now it's ready to sit overnight in the fridge.
The end result...insanely scrumptious! Yep, this preggers is officially now craving more of my Momma's strata goodness. Looks like we might have to make another batch in the coming weeks!
Take a minute and check out our other awesome weekly recipe re-caps we've featured so far: Quick and Easy Shredded Chicken and Black Olive Enchiladas, Yo Momma Blind Man Barbecue Chicken, Real Simple's Yellow Cake with Fresh Strawberry Filling and Chocolate Sour Cream Frosting, Banana Bread, Linguine with Zucchini and Chickpeas, Homemade Ziti, Creamy Fettuccine With Corn and Arugula, Maple BBQ Turkey Sloppy Joe's, BHG's Greek Spinach Veggie Burgers, Mark Bittman's Chicken in a Pot, My Momma's Monkey Bread, CC Hubby's Easy Chicken Parmesan, Sophie Dahl's Chicken Stew with Green Olives and Asparagus/Edamame Salad, Ryan's Poached Egg Breakfast Ramekin Surprise, Momma's Homemade Chili, Christina's Paprika Chicken, Peanut Butter and Oatmeal Dog Treats, Momma's Crockpot Pot Roast, Vanessa Barrington's Almond Milk, Peanut Butter Ice Cream Pie, Sweet Frozen Lime Slices, Amy's Awesome Homemade Pizza Crust, Brownie Caramel (Pecan) Cake, Papa Horner's Grill Top Paella, What's New Cupcake's Chocolate Chunk Surprise, Green Monster Smoothie, Bacon/Onion Compote Served on Crostini with Gruyere, Eat Clean's Meal in a Bowl Soup, Elie Krieger's Thai-Style Halibut with Coconut Curry Broth, Williams Sonoma's Cauliflower with Orange Zest and Green Onion, Williams Sonoma's Summer Fruit Parfaits, Williams Sonoma's Grilled Beef Fillets with Mushrooms and Red Wine Sauce, Eat Clean's Tam's Constitutional Muffins, Healthy for Life's Stuffed Peppers, Mango, Dill and Cilantro Gazpacho, Women's Health Curried Sweet Potato and Chickpea Stew, Real Simple's Vegetarian Tacos, Aunt Beth's Pineapple Souffle, 15 Minute Cream Biscuits, Sunset Magazine's North Indian Style Spinach Chicken, Mrs. O'Callaghan's Soda Bread, Jordan's Momma's Quiche Lorraine, Shelby's Leek and Lima Bean Soup, Rosemary Grilled Kabobs, Homemade Tomato Soup, Easy Fruit Cobbler, Macho Man Meatballs, Super Bowl Dip Trio, Nana's No Bake Cheesecake, Rum Cake and Microwave Spiced Nuts.