Sunday, November 13, 2011

#86 - Chorizo Breakfast Strata

Today, we had some of Emily's aunts and uncles over for brunch, and so we had to take the opportunity to cook up some new breakfast recipes. One of which was this chorizo strata.

Chorizo Breakfast Strata

Adapted from Bon Appetit We made a strata once before - remember the bacon, egg, and cheese one from March? Well this one takes the flavor profile of a couple of our other breakfasts - chorizo and eggs. And the steps are pretty much what you'd expect: Cook the chorizo and set on paper towels.Layer the chorizo with bread, cheese, and an egg and milk combo. Top it off with the last of the bread and cheese, and bake. This was an okay strata. It has chorizo and egg and cheese, and it's baked, so it has to be good. But we feel like if we want to have a strata, we'd prefer the other one we mentioned earlier, and if wanted chorizo, we'd prefer the quiche or just chorizo con huevo.

So while this was tasty, we probably won't be making it again anytime soon due to even tastier alternatives. If you feel like giving this a shot, here's how to do it.
  • 1 lb chorizo sausage, casing removed
  • 2 1/2 cups whole milk
  • 5 large eggs
  • 1 tsp ground cumin
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1/4 tsp black pepper
  • 6 1/2-inch slices sourdough bread, crusts trimmed
  • 1 3/4 cups Monterey Jack cheese, shredded
  1. Butter an 8-cup baking dish.
  2. Saute the chorizo in a large skillet over medium-low heat until cooked through, about 15 minutes.
  3. Using a slotted spoon, remove chorizo to a plate lined with paper towels and drain well.
  4. Whisk milk, eggs, cumin, salt, and pepper in a large bowl to blend.
  5. Place 2 bread slices in the bottom of the prepared pan.
  6. Sprinkle with 3/4 cup cheese and half of the chorizo.
  7. Pour 1/3 of the egg mixture on top.
  8. Repeat layering with 2 slices of bread, 3/4 cup cheese, and remaining chorizo.
  9. Pour half of remaining egg mixture over.
  10. Top with 2 bread slices.
  11. Pour remaining egg mixture over and sprinkle with remaining 1/4 cup cheese.
  12. Cover and chill overnight.
  13. Preheat oven to 350.
  14. Bake strata uncovered until puffed and golden, about 55 minutes.
  15. Let stand 5 minutes before serving.

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