Spring Vegetable Strata for a make-ahead Mother’s Day brunch.

May 5, 2016

You guys, Mother’s Day is coming up and, of course, gifts are nice, flowers are sweet, and handwritten notes are the best. But one of my favorite ways to celebrate the mamas in my life—and to feel celebrated, too—is to sit around the table and break bread with family. The only catch is that when it comes to throwing together a family meal, everyone looks to me.

My solution for this is to whip up my favorite make-ahead brunch dish: A strata. If you don’t know what one is, you’re about to get your socks knocked off. It’s a savory bread pudding that’s easily adaptable and can be prepped entirely the day ahead.

See? Already the best.

This particular strata is a version of one in my new cookbook, Make It Easy that’s made with corn, green chiles, and Cheddar cheese. While the one in Make It Easy is an all-year-around crowd pleaser, this version is perfect for a spring moment that makes the most of in-season veggies.

A perfect make-ahead Mother's Day brunch recipe: Pea, Asparagus, & Pecorino Strata recipe | One Hungry Mama

This Spring Vegetable Strata makes a perfect make-ahead Mother's Day (or anytime!) brunch | One Hungry Mama

The recipe for my Pea, Asparagus & Pecorino Strata is below, but watch for tips on putting this baby together, especially if you don’t have an exact 3-quart baking dish. Also, when you watch, you’ll get more Mother’s Day brunch inspiration from other YouTube creators from Kin Community with whom I worked on a Mother’s Day Brunch collaboration. Think Whole Wheat Blueberry Pancakes, Waffle French Toast, Blueberry Coffee Cake, and more.

And just like that, we’re making Mother’s Day easy.

 

Make It Easy: 120 Mix-and-Match Recipes to Cook from Scratch with Smart, Store-Bought Shortcuts When You Need Them by Stacie Billis

(You can make it extra special, too, by throwing in a copy of a new cookbook that every cooking mama should own: Make It Easy: 120 Mix-and-Match Recipes to Cook from Scratch—with Smart Store-Bought Shortcuts When You Need Them. Just saying!)

Pea, Asparagus, and Pecorino Strata
Adapted from Make It Easy: 120 Mix-and-Match Recipes to Cook from Scratch—with Smart Store-Bought Shortcuts When You Need Them
Serves 4-6
(Can be shared with eaters 6+ mos)*

3 tablespoon unsalted butter, plus more for the baking dish
1 cup chopped onion (from about 1 medium onion)
1 cup fresh or thawed frozen peas
1 cup chopped fresh asparagus
9 large eggs
3 cups milk
1/4 teaspoon salt
Pinch of freshly ground black pepper
8 cups cubed French or Italian bread, cut into 1-inch pieces (from about 1 large laid, though this will vary greatly depending on the size & shape of the loaf)
1 cup grated Pecorino cheese

1. Melt the 3 tablespoons of butter in a medium size pan set over medium heat. Add the onion and sauté until translucent, about 4 minutes. Add peas and asparagus and cook for another 3 minutes until the veggies are vibrant green. Remove from heat and set aside.

2. In a large bowl, whisk together the eggs, milk, salt, and pepper; set aside.

3. Butter a 3-quart baking dish. Spread half of the cubed bread in the dish and top with half of the veggie mixture, then half of the cheese. Repeat with remaining bread, veggies, and cheese, pressing down to fit everything in the dish.

4. Pour the egg mixture over the bread and cover. Refrigerate overnight or for at least 8 hours.

5. When ready to cook, preheat oven to 350 degrees. Meanwhile, remove the strata from the refrigerator and bake until the egg is set, about 50 minutes. Remove from oven and allow to sit for 10 minutes to set before serving.

*Note: You don’t need to change a thing for this to be a great baby or toddler meal. To share this with eaters 6+ months who are already safely managing eggs, cut, mash or puree a portion of the finished strata into an age-appropriate texture or bite size.

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