I developed this recipe after a friend brought a Strata to our back patio brunch. She had prepared it in her grandmother’s enamel cast iron pan, which she was taught to cook using. Her love of cooking had been fanned by her grandmother and as I enjoyed the Strata I realized that this was a dish of character and worthy of the cross-generational gift.
I started experimenting that weekend with what would become my Strata recipe. The key for this dish is to prepare it the night before and just cook it up in the morning. The goal is for the bread to soak up the egg mixture. Like quiche, this can be served warm or room temperature.
In my house we celebrate St. Patricks Day with a traditional meal of corned beef (I'm making the corned beef myself this year from scratch. If it's as good as I hope, maybe I'll include that recipe next year). It's a great meal, that the whole family looks forward to. However in recent years I've grown tired of the boiled potatoes that typically accompany it. So this year I'm going to use my FAVORITE potato recipe: Homemade Roasted Potato tots!
This recipe succeeds in making roasted potatos that are light and fluffy inside with a perfectly crispy outside. We fondly refer to them as "the tots" in my house. Hopefully they'll become a favorite in yours as well.
Give them a try, they are quick and easy to make and practically cook themselves.
Stop by the store Friday March 11th and Saturday March 12th to meet and greet real Cabot Creamery farmers! Since 1919 Cabot has been a co-operative owned by the dairy farmers themselves, now numbering more than 1,200 families in upstate New York, Vermont and New England.
This Friday and Saturday, 3 Cabot Creamery farmers will be in the store sampling Cabot products! They’re here to thank New Yorkers for enjoying their hard work and to give samples of their current selections, such as the Cabot Extra Sharp Vintage Cheddar (available at Zabar's.com). Come to Zabar’s, nosh a sample, and have real farmers answer any questions you may have about their dairy and the wide selection of delicious items they ‘churn’ out.