Stress Less with Make-Ahead Brunch

September 18, 2014 – Hi Everyone! I’m Martha and I am part of the husband-wife team at A Family Feast.

Strata-dish-full---WEBSITE_resizedMy husband Jack and I both come from large families so we’re always looking for quick and easy ways to serve a crowd without breaking the bank. Make-ahead one-dish meals like our Turkey Kielbasa and Baby Kale Strata are a perfect option when you want to serve a delicious meal for your guests, but don’t want to slave over a hot stove or miss out on quality time with them.

The strata can be made a day ahead and put in the oven first thing in the morning – by the time it’s done baking, your guests will be wide awake and ready for breakfast!

Turkey Kielbasa and Baby Kale Strata

Total time: 1 hour, 40 minutes (plus 4 hours to chill)
Serves: 6-8

Ingredients
2 tablespoons Carlini Extra Virgin Olive Oil
1 cup diced red onion
13 ounces Fit & Active Turkey Polska Kielbasa, cut into ¼-inch slices
5 ounces SimplyNature Organic Baby Kale
Carlini Canola Cooking Spray
5 cups cubed Specially Selected French Baguette
2 cups Fit & Active Shredded 2% Milk Sharp Cheddar Cheese
½ cup Southern Grove Dried Cranberries, chopped
10 Goldhen Large Eggs
4 cups Friendly Farms 1% Milk
1 teaspoon dry mustard
1 teaspoon Stonemill Essentials Iodized Salt

Directions

  1. Preheat oven to 350º.
  2. Heat olive oil over medium heat. Add onions, sauté for one minute. Add kielbasa, cook for two more minutes, stirring occasionally to brown sausage. Add kale, stir until wilted. Remove from heat and allow to cool.
  3. Coat a 9×13-inch baking dish with cooking spray. Add bread cubes and top with shredded cheese and cranberries.
  4. In a large bowl, whisk together eggs, milk, dry mustard and salt.
  5. Spread kielbasa mixture over bread and cranberries. Pour egg and milk mixture on top, press bread down to soak up liquid. Cover and refrigerate for 4 hours or overnight.
  6. Place strata in the center of the oven and bake for about 1 hour and 15 minutes or until a toothpick comes out clean. Remove from oven and let rest for 5 minutes before serving.

Recipe and Photos Courtesy of Martha Pesa, A Family Feast.

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2 thoughts on “Stress Less with Make-Ahead Brunch

  1. Lois

    Hi! I love your recipes. And thank you for going the healthy route for us with the natural meats, organic produce, and healthier choices in food in general. Thank you very much for that.

    I love that your recipes include the products you sell, so we can buy accordingly.

    We are on a fixed income, and I appreciate that we can get more food for our dollars. Thank you for that also.

    Have a happy new year.
    Lois

  2. Lois

    Hi! It is wonderful to have make-ahead recipes. It allows us time to relax and enjoy our company. Thank you for your recipes. Happy New Year!

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