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When I started my retirement travels - the first of which was my solo overseas trip to Italy in 2009 - I wanted a way to share it with family and friends as it happened. Hence, "My Travel Journal". However I realized I wouldn't always be on a trip and wondered what to do with the blog in between times. My daughter pointed out, wisely, that travels can also include trips to the kitchen to try a new recipe, trips to visit family, trips to my neighborhood Starbucks, or a fun day trip with a friend. You're welcome to join me on any of these journeys!

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December 01, 2008

Egg Strata for One

Original recipe (serves 4):                                          
8 eggs
2 c. milk
2 c. grated cheddar
2 c. torn bread
salt and pepper to taste

This recipe caught my eye because it is so simple - simpler than other strata recipes I seem to remember seeing.

I used 2 eggs the first time I made this and 1/4 of everything else also. 

What I did:  Beat eggs thoroughly with fork.  Add milk and mix in along with some salt and pepper.  Set aside.  Cut or tear bread into small pieces.  Toss with the grated cheese (original recipe said to layer in casserole - I didn't).  I also added in a couple of slices of chopped up deli ham.   I put this mixture into the buttered casserole dish then poured the egg mixture over it all.

Original recipe said to let soak overnight in fridge.  I let it soak while the oven preheated to 350.  I laid two fresh sage leaves I happened to have on top and baked for probably about 30 to 45 minutes - delicious!

Second time I made it I went down to one egg and 1/8 of the rest of the ingredients. I also added some leftover mushrooms from when I made Chinch's mushroom pasta.   It worked fine except I could have used less bread and I forgot and didn't use less ham so it was too hammy.

I think I probably like it better with two eggs - I think it got puffier and more "strata-like" - whatever that is.

1 comment:

Diane Adams said...

Hmmm this sounds yummy.I'll have to give it a try.

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