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Meatless Strata redone from OUR garden

2 cups of torn/semi dried bread pieces
Swiss Chard – cleaned, stems removed, chopped into bite size pieces (about 10 oz)
bok choy – cleaned, chopped into bite size pieces (including stems if you’d like) (about 10 oz)
8 oz of cheese – your choice (we used mozzarella)
4 beaten eggs
1 ¾ cup milk – we used fat free milk
½ cup sour cream – again we used fat free
1 chopped onion
1 tbsp Dijon style mustard
¼ tsp caraway seeds (crushed)
1/8 tsp pepper

Strata Ingredients

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

1. place 1 cup of the torn torn bread in a 2 qt baking dish (we are using an 8×8 square baking dish)
2. saute onions until caramelized to your liking, add in swiss chard and bok choy and continue cooking for 4 minutes – make sure to stir often

Strata

Strata

3. allow the veggies to cool to the touch
4. top the bread with 1/2 of your cheese and cooled, cooked veggies

Almost complete strata

Almost complete strata

5. place the remaining ½ of torn bread on top of the veggies, then top the bread with the remaining 1/2 of cheese
6. in a mixing  bowl (at least a 4 cup capacity) beat your eggs, add in your milk, sour cream, pepper and caraway seeds
7. pour your mixture above over your bread/veggie/cheese layers 

Strata - All Done

Strata – All Done

8. chill for 2 – 24 hours (isn’t that cool you can prep this the day before) – minimum I let mine always set for 6 hours, but the original recipe only calls for a min of 2
9. when ready cook at 325 for 50 – 55 mins
7. check for doneness with a knife or toothpick – if it comes out clean TADA it is done!
8. serve!!

 **adapted from BHG: New Cookbook – page 238

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Spinach & Tomato Strata – ON THE GRILL

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

ingredients:
5 – 6 pieces of tomato basil bread, dry and torn into pieces
8 – 10 fresh spinach, cooked and set aside to cool
8 oz shredded Swiss cheese
4 beaten eggs (we used 2 duck eggs and 2 SMALL chicken eggs)
1 ¾ cup milk
2 – 3 small tomatoes chopped
½ cup sour cream
1 tbsp Dijon style mustard
¼ tsp caraway seeds (crushed)
1/8 tsp pepper

directions:
1. place ½ of the torn bread in a 2 qt baking dish (we used a square baking dish)

2. sauté the spinach until cooked and add in tomatoes – place on a paper towel lined plate to cool and drain
3. in a mixing  bowl (at least a 4 cup capacity) beat your eggs, add in your milk, sour cream, pepper, caraway seeds and onion
4.  place cooled spinach and tomatoes over torn bread in baking dish, top with all of your cheese

5.  top with remaining torn bread
6. pour your egg mixture, over your bread/veggie/cheese in your baking dish
7. chill for 2 – 24 hours
8.  When you are ready cook at 325 for 50 – 55 mins, check for doneness with a knife or toothpick – if it comes out clean TADA it is done!

*We baked our strata on our new ELECTRIC grill, we used a thermometer to check/maintain heat and baked it outside and kept the heat out!!  It worked great… just make sure you have some space between your heating element and your baking dish OR use indirect heat… meaning don’t place the dish right over the heat… bake it on the side without the burner turned on.

**adapted from Better Homes and Gardens New Cookbook – page 238

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Scalloped Asparagus (SOOOO GOOOOOD)

ingredients:
1 – 2lbs fresh asparagus
6 T butter
6 T flour
1 t salt
1/8 t pepper
2 C milk
¾ C sharp cheese, grated
5 hard boiled eggs, sliced
½ C bread crumbs

directions:
1. blanch asparagus in hot water quickly, ~2mins – drain and set aside in a 2qt baking dish (which has been LIGHTLY greased with olive oil)
2. melt butter in a sauce pan and then stir in flour, salt and pepper
3. stir milk into butter mixture and stir consistently over LOW heat until smooth, add in ½ C of your cheese and continue stirring until smooth
4. place sliced eggs on top of asparagus
5. pour white sauce over eggs and asparagus, toss gently until everything is fully covered and mixed
6. top with bread crumbs and remaining cheese
7. bake @350 for 15-20mins

** adapted from The Central Market Cookbook – page 77

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Cheeseburger Quiche

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

ingredients:
pie crust
olive oil
12 oz lean ground beef
¼ c. ketchup
¼ tsp salt
¼ tsp dried oregano
1/8 tsp pepper
1 large onion, thinly sliced
2 cloves garlic, minced
¾ c. milk
¾ c. heavy cream
2 large eggs (we did one duck and one small/med egg)
½ c. shredded Monterey jack cheese
½ c. shredded cheddar cheese

 

directions:
1. fully cook beef until browned (after this I suggest draining/rinsing your meat), mix in ketchup, salt, oregano and pepper – set aside on a plate
2. in same pan (without the meat and sauce mixture in it) sauté onion, garlic for ~10 mins
3. in a bowl whisk eggs, then whisk in cream and milk
4. pour beef mixture in the pie pan, top with onion/garlic mixture, pour egg mixture over all
5. top with cheese and bake uncovered for 30 mins @ 350

 

Great American Home Baking – Main Dish – card 30

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Smokey Frittata

So after my TOTAL failure last night with the gnocchi I needed something easy to lean back on, thank goodness tonight’s menu consisted of the Frittata.  It is EASY and pleases everyone… yahoo!  This meal was great!!!  We enjoyed the flavor IMMENSELY!!  Give it a go!

Ingredients:
6 eggs, whisked
1 small onion, chopped
4oz chopped fresh mushrooms
~4oz chopped, blanched asparagus
2 small tomatoes, chopped
4 oz crumbled feta
4 oz shredded smokey jack cheese (ours came from Farm Country Cheeses – sold at the Fulton Street Farmer’s Market)  THIS STUFF IS GOOD!!!
Dash of salt and pepper
Olive oil

Directions:
1. preheat oven to 425 FIRST
2. sauté onion in olive oil for ~3mins, then add mushrooms and continue sautéing for another ~5mins
3. add in asparagus and cook for ~3mins, then tomatoes and turn burner to LOW, continue cooking ~3mins
4. sprinkle feta and smokey jack cheese on top of veggies (stir in if you’d like)
5. pour egg mixture over all and simmer on LOW for ~3-4mins, until edges are cooked on the sides
6. place in oven and bake (make sure you have an oven safe pan) for ~12-15 mins, until knife or toothpick come out clean
7. invert on plate, slice and serve

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Ricotta & Spinach Calzone


ingredients:
1 pizza dough
10oz fresh spinach, chopped (we forgot to chop ours again, oh well)
8oz ricotta cheese
8oz mozzarella
½ cup spaghetti sauce (or sauce of your choice)
1 small onion, of your choice, chopped
Olive oil
Favorite seasonings (we used pizza seasonings)
1 small egg

what I did:
1. roll out dough into a large circle, large enough to cover your pizza pan
2. mix ricotta, mozzarella and seasonings, set aside
3. sauté onion in olive oil, ~5-10 mins (until they are starting to become translucent)
4. spread the ricotta mixture over half of the circle, ~1” from the edge
5. top with chopped spinach (we put our spinach on raw, we SHOULD have sautéed it first, at least that is my opinion), place onions on top of the spinach and sauce on top of onions
6. fold the pizza over and seal the edges together
7. brush the calzone with a whisked egg and cut some venting slits into it

8. bake @400 for ~20-25mins

**adapted from Fast Weeknight Favorites – page 260

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Spinach & Leek Pizza Rolls

ingredients:
1 pizza dough, divided into 4 equal pieces (balls)
10oz fresh spinach, chopped
8oz ricotta cheese
8oz mozzarella
4oz parmesan
~8-10 tbsp white sauce or spaghetti sauce
2 med/large leeks, sliced
Olive oil
Favorite seasonings (we used pizza seasonings)
1 small egg white, whisked with 1 tbsp water

what I did:
1. roll each pizza ball into individual ~9” pizzas, set aside

2. mix ricotta, mozzarella, parmesan and seasonings, set aside
3. sauté leeks in olive oil, ~3 mins, add in half of spinach with a dash of salt and a dash of pepper, continue sautéing for ~3mins, add remaining spinach with more dashes of satl/pepper and finish sautéing ~3 more mins, set aside
4. place ¼ of the ricotta mixture in the center of each 9” pizza

5. top ricotta mixture with ~2tbsp of white sauce or spaghetti sauce, then top with ¼ of spinach mixture from pan

6. roll up (like rolling a burrito) and seal WELL… seal both the seam and the ends, keep it all inside, brush the outter layer with the egg white and top with some parmesan if you’d like
  

7. bake @425 for ~20-25mins

THIS is the reason you want to SEAL WELL!  I am not a great sealer, as you can tell!  😛

**adapted from Great American Home Baking – Main Dish – card 27

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