December 23rd, 2008 Sue
With Christmas dinner and Christmas cookies and Christmas parties, sometimes Christmas breakfast seems like a bit more ado. Plus, it’s time to just sit. No more rushing, no more shopping, no more hubbub. And still on December 25th, clad in pajamas, sitting among bits of wrapping paper and ribbon, it just doesn’t seem right to start the day off with a weekday bowl of cereal. You need something special, something delicious, something inexpensive, after all of that holiday shopping. And if you’re the designated cook, then it needs to be fast and easy, so you can be there sitting when that wrapping paper and ribbon tumble to the floor, and oohs and aahs make all the hustle and bustle worthwhile. I’ve got just the recipe for you: Super Easy Santa Fe Breakfast Strata. Make it up the night before and pop it in the fridge. In the morning you’ll simply bake it for forty minutes, filling the house with comforting anticipatory smells while you sit back on the couch and enjoy it all. Merry Christmas and Happy Sitting!
Estimated Cost: $5.00 for 6-8 servings
1/ 2 loaf French bread, about 8 ounces, cut into 1 inch pieces
2 cups shredded Mexican cheese blend, or shredded cheddar
1 (4 ounce can green chilies
1 and 3/4 cups milk (low-fat is fine)
1 cup salsa- red or green work well, plus more for serving
1/2 teaspoon each salt and pepper
Generously coat a 9 by 13 inch baking pan with cooking spray. Scatter half of the bread pieces on bottom of pan. Cover with half of the cheese and all of the green chilies. Top with remaining bread and remaining cheese. In a medium bowl, whisk together the milk, eggs, salsa, salt and pepper. Pour over the top of the bread. Push down on bread with spoon to coat with egg mixture. Cover and refrigerate overnight or at least two hours. Bake at 400 degrees for forty minutes, or until casserole is puffed and browned.
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