On Christmas morning we often have a slew of relatives who have stayed over from our Christmas Eve dinner the night before, and we always try to serve up a nice brunch to get everyone started on their day of traveling to other family events. So last year I wanted to try something new for a change and I remembered that there was a recipe on the DVD of The Family Stone for a delicious looking strata.
In the film, Meredith Morton (played by Sarah Jessica Parker) prepares her family’s recipe for strata to serve to the eccentric Stone family on Christmas morning. If you have seen the movie, you undoubtedly remember the scene where this strata is dropped all over the kitchen floor!
Despite being accident prone myself, I managed to avoid spilling this anywhere. It was a great dish to prepare for a brunch because it needs to sit in the fridge over night, so you get to make it well in advance and just pop it in the oven when you wake up on Christmas morning.
What you’ll need:
- 8 slices of white bread
- 8 ounces mozzarella cheese, sliced or grated
- 14 ounces tomatoes, sliced
- 13 ounces sliced mushrooms, drained (or sauteed fresh)
- 1 medium onion, thinly sliced into rings
- 5 eggs
- 3 cups milk
- 1 tsp salt
- 1 tsp oregano
- 1 pinch garlic salt
- parmesan cheese
- black olives, sliced (optional)
Using a cookie cutter, donut cutter or lid from a jar, cut bread into shapes or circles. Set aside.
Combine slightly beaten eggs, milk, salt, oregano and garlic salt. Pour over the bread.
Sprinkle with Parmesan cheese and dot with olives if you’d like. Cover. Refrigerate for 6 hours or overnight.