Simple Strata Holiday Brunch

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Feeling stressed over the Christmas holiday?  It may be difficult to be joyful when so much of the meaning of Christmas has been lost in the busyness of “doing” and “giving gift”…let me help you recapture the moments by creating your own special Christmas and New Year gatherings with simplicity and ease.

In the middle of a very active month, I did find  blessed time to create a wonderful, yet simple, breakfast menu for my holiday guests.  If you don’t have time or energy for a big spread, a light brunch makes a perfect Christmas or New Years breakfast.

No need to  fuss too much, as long as the food has delicious fresh ingredients, drinks are warm and tasty, and your home has a charming atmosphere.   In addition to my easy menu, I cook a  big pot of potpourri on the stove for that  wonderful Christmas smell.  AND… I always have a warm wassail or cider available served in my grandmother’s beautiful glass cups. 

Keeping it simple and charming is the key to enjoying the holiday season.  Your family and friends will thank you for allowing them to savor the taste and smell of Christmas and welcome the new year in this simple yet special way.

Coffee at LuLu’s Home for the Holidays Brunch

* Savory Egg, Sausage and Cheese Strata

* Sweet Blueberry Muffins

* Fresh Fruit

* Paula Deen’s Apple and Pear Cider

*Fresh Pot of Starbucks Coffee

Strata has to be one of the easiest and fastest dishes make.  I was pressed for time this year, so it fit perfectly into my schedule.

Hope this special dish adds to the enjoyment of the Christmas holiday!

Ingredients:  12 eggs, 1 quart of milk, 1 teas. dry mustard, 1 lb. sausage, 1/2 cup mushroom, 1 cup of grated cheese, 1 loaf of French bread cut into cubes, salt, pepper, parsley.

Get your sausage browned on medium heat before we get started.  Next, layer a large rectangle baking pan with cubes of French Bread, next layer with 1/2 cup grated cheese and mushrooms.  When sausage is cooked, add the sausage as the next layer.  In a separate bowl mix together 12 eggs, milk and dry mustard, salt and pepper until well blended.  Pour egg mixture over other ingredients into baking pan and top with one more layer of grated cheese (1/2 cup) and parsley.  Cover with tin foil and chill in fridge for 2-12 hours.

After strata is chilled; bake in the oven on 350 degrees for 30-40 minutes until bubbly.  Enjoy!

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