Technically, I suppose the “week of breakfast” ended yesterday, but I have one more post for you. (I’m on a wedding/business trip, and my Saturday was nonstop!) Canadian-Bacon Strata from the May 2006 issue of Everyday Food is a recipe I actually tried for the first time on Easter. *Tried* would be the key word here, but I’m not sure I failed for lack of skill. I was in a condo kitchenette in Whistler, and the 1970s oven had some heat issues. (As in I had home fries in the oven at 350F, and they weren’t warm to the touch after an hour. Yikes.) The strata we ended up with tasted good, but it was really, really wet because things didn’t set up properly. I decided to give it another try at home with an oven that could do the recipe justice.
First, I buttered a 2-quart baking dish and set it aside. I split and toasted 4 English muffins, and then cut each half in half. I also cut 8 slices (8 ounces) of Canadian bacon in half. I arranged the English muffins and Canadian bacon in the buttered dish, cut side down, alternating between the two.
Next, I sprinkled the muffins and bacon with 1 1/4 cups of shredded sharp cheddar cheese and 1/3 cup of finely shredded Parmesan cheese. I set the dish aside.
In a large bowl, I whisked together 8 large eggs, 3 cups of milk, 1 1/2 tablespoons of Dijon mustard, 1/2 teaspoon of salt, a pinch of pepper, and 1/4 teaspoon of Tabasco. I poured the egg mixture over the muffins and bacon, tightly covered the dish with plastic wrap, and placed the dish in the refrigerator.
The recipe says to refrigerate the strata for 2 hours minimum or up to overnight; I refrigerated mine for about 6 hours. I put the dish on a baking sheet, removed the plastic wrap, and baked it in oven at 350F for 90 minutes. I let the strata stand for 10 minutes before serving.
Dr. O, Brent, Adi, and Caroline… THIS is what Easter dinner was supposed to look like. 🙂 We did OK, but I think we should have a reunion in Dallas so we can give it another shot. The strata was puffy and moist, but there was only a trace of moisture at the bottom of the dish. I’ll definitely be putting this recipe in my rotation of reliable and tasty brunch dishes.
TIPS: The strata actually does puff up quite a bit, so make sure you don’t have an oven rack too close to the top of the baking dish. Also, if the strata begins to brown too quickly, just tent it with foil for the rest of the baking time. (I tented mine at the 80-minute mark.)
Recipe link: Canadian-Bacon Strata