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Broccoli Cheese Strata – Recipe!

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Weekends are for slowing down and enjoying life.  For most of us Saturdays and Sundays begin with a hot cup of coffee or tea, and a little exercise or reading the newspaper.  Brunch is always a must on the weekends and eggs are a big part of the plan.  I usually prepare some type of eggs whether it be over toast – fried or scrambled, or baked in a frittata or strata.

Strata is a mixture of eggs, vegetables, cheese and toasted cubed bread.  They are very similar to a frittata, except crispy bread is folded into the dish.  The cubes soak up the custard base and when baked, remind me of a savory bread pudding – creamy inside with a crunchy top.

Strata is easy to prepare because you can use any type of bread you have on hand.  I usually go the whole-grain route and pump up the fiber a bit, but if that isn’t your thing use the bread you love the most, or bread that is expiring soon.

The broccoli and cheese part of this dish makes it a complete comfort food, for me anyway.  I remember growing up my mom would put cheese on almost every vegetable know to man just to get us to eat them – well it worked.  We all love veggies in my family.

So, enjoy your day – make another pot of coffee and don’t forget to invite some friends or family to the table.  They will just love this meal.

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Ingredients

4 eggs

2 1/2 cups milk

1 teaspoon dried thyme or oregano

4 slices bread, cubed

2 cups broccoli florets, steamed in microwave for 1 1/2 minutes

2 cup Gruyere cheese, grated

1 teaspoon salt

1/4 teaspoon black pepper

(Serves 4)

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To Prepare:

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.  Grease a 1 1/2 quart baking dish.
  2. Place cubed bread on sheet pan and toast for 9 minutes.  Remove and cool.
  3. In a large bowl, combine eggs, milk and thyme, whisk.  Add bread cubes and let soak for 5 minutes.
  4. Add steamed broccoli, 1 1/2 cups cheese, salt and pepper, stir.
  5. Pour into prepared pan and sprinkle top with remaining cheese.
  6. Bake in oven for 30-35 minutes, or until puffed and golden brown.
  7. Remove and spoon onto plates.  Enjoy!

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