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Brie & Egg Strata

October 7, 2010

Let me begin by saying how much I love my mother.  The strata she makes for Sunday brunch?  Not so much love and affection.  It’s not that it isn’t tasty, it is.  It’s just that after all these years I think I’d like to up the ante.  I found this recipe and I haven’t had a chance to fix it myself, but maybe I can convince my mother to try it sometime.   Who doesn’t love a little Brie in the morning? (I love you mom!)

Brie and Egg Strata
Yields: 12 Servings

2 teaspoons olive oil
2 cups chopped onion
1 1/2 cups diced unpeeled Yukon gold potato (1 large)
1 cup chopped red bell pepper
1 cup halved grape tomatoes
1 teaspoon salt divided
3/4 pound ciabatta cut into 1-inch cubes, toasted
Cooking spray
4 ounces Brie cheese rind removed and chopped
1 cup egg substitute
2 large eggs
1 teaspoon herbes de Provence
1/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
3 cups 1% low-fat milk
2 tablespoons chopped fresh parsley

1. Heat oil in a large nonstick skillet over medium-high heat. Add onion, potato, and bell pepper; sauté 4 minutes or until tender. Stir in tomatoes; sauté 2 minutes. Stir in 1/2 teaspoon salt. Combine onion mixture and bread.
2. Place half of bread mixture into a 13 x 9-inch baking dish coated with cooking spray. Sprinkle with half of Brie. Top with remaining bread mixture and remaining Brie.
3. Place egg substitute and eggs in a medium bowl. Add remaining 1/2 teaspoon salt, herbes de Provence, and pepper. Add milk, stirring with a whisk until well blended. Pour egg mixture over bread mixture. Let stand 30 minutes.
4. Preheat oven to 350°.
5. Bake at 350° for 50 minutes or until set. Sprinkle with parsley. Serve immediately.

What’s especially nice about strata, and probably why my mom likes it so much, is that you can prepare most of it ahead of time.  To do so prepare the bread mixture in the baking dish you plan on using, cover and refrigerate.  In a separate container, prepare the egg mixture, cover and refrigerate.  When you are ready to cook, pour the egg mixture over the bread and allow to sit for 30 minutes before proceeding with cooking.

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