Spring is slowly making its way to the North Carolina mountains. Hints of green are popping up all over the trees and the temperatures are reaching into the low 70s. With the arrival of this time of year, Chef Sean would like to share his favorite brunch recipe with you. A cheese strata, which is similar to a savory bread pudding, is the perfect dish to whip up for your next gathering. A fluffy blend of bread, cheese, eggs and milk, a cheese strata is sure to bring smiles to the faces of your diners. It’s always a favorite at our High Hampton Sunday brunches!
Yield: 6 servings
12 slices white bread (cubed)
¾ pound cheddar cheese (grated)
1 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon pepper
1 tablespoons Worcestershire sauce
Arrange half of the bread cubes in a buttered baking dish, covering the entire surface. Sprinkle the cheese over the bread. Layer the remaining bread over the cheese. Beat the eggs with the milk, seasonings and Worstershire sauce, and pour the mixture over the bread. Let stand for several hours, if possible, in a refrigerator. Once the dish has set, bake in a 325 degree oven for 30-40 minutes in a water bath.
When it’s finished, serve the cheese strata with other brunch favorites like bacon, sausage and assorted fruits.