The morning after the lovely Salad Nicoise, I made a special brunch for my Mom's birthday. I was amazed at how easy it was to create a delicious and hearty brunch once I made a game plan. I just think that taking the time to sit down and create a plan saves you tons of time when you're actually preparing food.
Crab and Roasted Red Pepper Strata
Rosemary and Mustard Breakfast Sausage
Pecan Praline Bacon
Cranberry Orange Scones
~This is a really simple but elegant recipe~
- 6 large eggs
- 2 cups half and half
- 3 tbsp butter
- 1 cup onion
- 1/2 cup chopped celery
- 1 cup chopped drained roasted red peppers from a jar
- 1 garlic clove, minced
- 2 green onions (scallions), chopped
- 1 tsp chopped fresh thyme
- 2 tbsp chopped fresh parsley
- 1 lb fresh crab meat*
- 8 cups 1 inch bread cubes from a French Baguette (keep crust on)
- 1 tsp salt
- 3/4 tsp ground black pepper
- freshly grated Parmesan cheese
- Prepare a baking dish (rectangular casserole dish) with cooking spray or butter.
- Whisk eggs and half and half in a medium bowl to blend.
- Melt butter in large skillet over medium-high heat. Add onion and celery and saute until soft (about 5 minutes). Add peppers and garlic and saute 2 minutes. Remove from heat.
- Stir in green onions, parsley and thyme. Transfer mixture to large bowl and add crab and bread crumbs, tossing to combine.
- Add egg mixture, salt, and pepper. Mix until well combined, taking care not to break up the crab too much. Transfer to prepared baking dish.
- Let stand at least 30 minutes, but overnight in the fridge works even better.
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Sprinkle with Parmesan cheese and bake until browned and puffed (about 1 hour). Cool on rack 20-30 minutes (could serve sooner, if needed). Using a sharp knife, cut into pieces and serve.
I really enjoyed preparing this brunch because I don't often entertain in the morning. It's a great time to experiment with some new recipes!
Happy Birthday, Mom!