Tuesday, April 26, 2011

Easter Brunch

We had sunshine on Easter Sunday.  It was a welcome "gift"!  Our special friends joined us for brunch.  I can't remember how many Easters we've spent together but there have been many.  We missed our children who used to be around the table.  Of course, talk turned to them.  A new house for one.  The awarding of a PhD and upcoming wedding for another.  Two celebrating on the West Coast.  Two in New England.  All much loved and missed.

This is a little like putting all one's eggs in the same basket!

Our brunch strata made from a recipe that I first prepared over twenty-five years ago.  It's on a recipe card.  I'm fairly certain that I copied it from a magazine--probably Southern Living since we were in Charleston, S.C. at the time.

Holiday Strata from an uncertain source

10 slices day-old white bread, crusts removed
10 ounces baked ham, chopped fine--about 2 cups
6 oz sharp cheddar, grated--about 2 cups
1 cup scallions, some green top, chopped
8 large eggs
1 1/2 cups finely chopped red and green peppers
3 cups milk
1 1/2 tsp dry mustard
Freshly ground pepper to taste
1/4 tsp Hungarian paprika

1.  Butter an oblong (9 x 11) pan and arrange the bread in overlapping rows in the bottom.
2.  Sprinkle with the ham, cheese, peppers and scallions.
3.  Beat eggs, mustard, pepper and paprika together. Pour egg mixture over the ingredients in the baking dish.
4.  Cover and chill for one hour or overnight.  Bring to almost room temperature before baking.
5.  Heat oven to 350 degrees.  Bake for 45 to 50 minutes until set and a knife comes out clean.
6.  Allow to sit for 15 minutes before serving.


Oven roasted potatoes were a nice accompaniment.

Fresh strawberries and blueberries on the side.

Andrew made scones!

We were all inducted into the "clean plate club".

A happy Oliver who had just polished off a jelly bean he found on the floor--careless Easter Bunny!