12 Days of Christmas, 1 Day of Cooking

12 Days
Happy Holidays, my friends!

 

I’m participating in the 12 Days of Christmas event (hosted by the beautiful and amazing Cat at Reading and Things) where each day, a handful of authors and bloggers answer a holiday-themed question. So fun!

 

Check out the Facebook event page HERE for more holiday fun. And join me there TONIGHT, at 6pm CST, as I host some games and giveaways! Whoo-hoo! Here’s the schedule:

 

12 Days Schedule
Now, onto today’s question!

 

What is your favorite holiday treat and why?

My gut response to this question was COOKIES! Because I’m a child. Haha. But when I gave it more thought, I realized there was a Christmas treat that was actually really special to me. (Though it’s more of a dish than a treat, since there’s no frosting or sprinkles involved. Le sigh.) And this holiday dish is what I call my “Christmas Breakfast Strata.”

 

It’s an egg dish that I make every year on Christmas Eve and THIS IS SIGNIFICANT because, if you know me at all, then you know that I never cook. Or bake. Or step foot in my kitchen for any reason other than making coffee. My incredible husband is the family chef (for which I’m eternally grateful) so I rarely lift a finger when it comes to preparing food.

 

BUT…

 

Christmas Eve is a different story. I dust off my apron, whip up this tasty dish, and serve it on Christmas morning.
Christmas Breakfast Strata
(ingredients for 6 servings)
5 large eggs
6 tablespoons basil, thinly sliced
8oz goat cheese, crumbled
18 slices of firm white bread, crusts removed
6oz prosciutto, thinly sliced
4oz provolone, grated (1.5 cups)
¼ cup chopped green onions
2 cups whole milk
1 tablespoon Dijon mustard
½ teaspoon of salt
3 tablespoons of melted butter

 

Instructions: Line bottom of 13”x9” glass baking dish completely with one layer of bread, cutting some slices to fit. Arrange half of the prosciutto evenly over bread. Sprinkle half of the goat cheese and half of the provolone over the prosciutto. Sprinkle half of the green onions and half of the basil on top of the goat cheese and provolone. Top with a second layer of bread. Layer remaining prosciutto, goat cheese, provolone, green onions and basil atop bread. Cut remaining bread into ¼” cubes and sprinkle over top. Whisk eggs, milk, mustard and salt in bowl.  Season with pepper.  Pour egg mixture over strata; press down on bread with spatula.
Drizzle melted butter over strata. Cover and refrigerate overnight. Preheat oven to 350. Let strata stand uncovered for 30 minutes. Bake for one hour.  Broil the last 30 seconds until top is brown.

 

It’s delicious, guys. Mmm-mm.

What about YOU?

Do you have any favorite holiday treats or dishes you look forward to each year?