Bacon Egg and Cheese Breakfast Strata

Bacon, Egg and Cheese Breakfast StrataIt’s lightly snowing today, I am off from work, and the baby is still sleeping. Wanted to make something comforting, so why not a bacon, egg and cheese strata! I have made stratas in the past and they are always a winner. Stratas are so simple to make.  You can even prepare them the night before, and pop them in your refrigerator to bake in the morning. Mine however will be baked as soon as I am done preparing it. I can’t wait! My house smells of bacon as I type this. Yum! Soon it will be time to slice up some strata for me and Julian. This strata is definitely not a diet food, however, there is broccoli involved, and that’s good ;o)

 Here is how my breakfast strata was made…

Ingredients

1 tbsp. butter

1 tbsp. olive oil

1 1/2 cup broccoli florets

1 small onion, diced

salt and pepper

grated nutmeg

1 1/2 cups cheddar shredded

6 cups Italian bread cut up

5 eggs

1 1/2 cups milk of your choice

6 slices bacon

1 cup Oreida potato tots

In a frying pan or toaster oven cook 6 slices of bacon. This morning I used my toaster oven, and it took about 20 minutes on 350 degrees.  I prefer this method because of the oil splashing on my stove. After it has cooked set your bacon aside on paper towel lined dish until ready to use. Meanwhile, keep your toaster oven on warm for now if your going to use it for your recipe.

In a medium sized pan, sauté your onions, in butter and olive oil. Cook on medium low for a few minutes.  Add your broccoli next, cook for  5 minutes until softened. Next add salt, pepper, garlic powder and nutmeg to your onions and broccoli. While that’s cooking, shred your cheddar cheese, and cut up your Italian bread. Set them aside.( I want to say you can use whatever bread you love in this recipe. ) In a small bowl beat your eggs, and add your milk , potato tots half of your cheddar cheese.  After your onions and broccoli cool, mix them with your egg mixture.  To a buttered baking dish add your Italian bread pieces, next pour entire egg and broccoli mixture, and lightly press down to allow bread to soak up all the flavors. Sprinkle leftover cheddar and crumble bacon on top! Bake at 350 degrees for approximately 35 minutes. It may depend on your oven, or toaster oven with cooking time. You can also feel it it’s slightly firm. If it is , it’s done!  Top with sour cream for extra goodness…I’m out of it, too bad! Grab a fork and take a bite. You won’t be sorry ;o)

Baked Brown Sugar Acorn Squash

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Tis the season for warm, acorn squash!

This recipe makes a great side dish on a cool Autumn night…I made this because I love all types of squash. Add a little brown sugar and butter and man this is oh so good! Your family will love it!

Here is what you will need:

1 acorn squash, mine was average size, good for 2 or 3

2 tablespoons brown sugar

2 tablespoons butter

cinnamon, to taste

salt and pepper to taste

olive oil, for drizzling

Once again, you may use more butter, brown sugar, whatever you like…

Rinse your acorn squash well, and slice in half. Place cut side up on a foil lined baking pan. In a small bowl, mix your brown sugar, and cinnamon, set aside. For the butter make sure it’s room temperature, and spread on top of each acorn squash. Then sprinkle on your brown sugar and cinnamon mixture. Use as much as you like. Drizzle with olive oil, and salt and pepper to your liking. Cover with foil and bake at 350F until squash is soft, tender, and butter is bubbly. If your squash needs more or less time, check on it. Mine took about an hour.  You may then serve the acorn squash alone and eat it right in it’s skin, or scoop it out in a bowl, and serve on your table to enjoy with your family!

You may add more toppings like pecans, fresh herbs if you like, but I like mine nicely sweetened with sugar and cinnamon! So does my son ;o) Enjoy!