I really do enjoy a weekend morning in which I'm not too damaged to actually make brunch. Yes, brunch - because after a long night of kicking ass and taking names I'm certainly not getting up in time to make breakfast the next day...although I'll still want breakfast type food.
This recipe is the bastard love child of a strata recipe (think savory French toast type thing) from a Better Homes and Gardens cookbook and a fondue we had while recently visiting Lance Manion and his Mrs. It is full of eggy, cheesy goodness and will cure the common cold, cancer and, mostly importantly, your hangover.
Rosemary Sourdough Strata With Gruyère and Shallots
1 round loaf of rosemary sourdough cut into 8 slices (and then cut those in half)
(alternately, use regular sourdough bread and add 1-2 t. minced fresh rosemary to the eggs)
5 oz. Gruyère cheese, shredded coarsely
1 large shallot, sliced thinly into rounds
4 eggs, beaten to within an inch of their lives
2 cups milk
1 T. dijon mustard
salt and pepper
2 T. Parmesan cheese, grated
1. Grease an 8"x8"x2" baking dish. Lay half the slices of bread on the bottom (you may need to cut or tear some of the pieces creatively to accomplish this. Go ahead. It deserves it.)
2. Sprinkle the cheese on top of the bread followed by the sliced shallots.
3. Whisk the eggs, milk, mustard and a dash of salt and pepper together. Pour half of this mixture over the bread, cheese and shallots.
4. Layer the remaining bread on top of the ingredients in the baking dish. Pour the remaining egg mixture on top, being sure to smother all cut surfaces with eggy goo. Press the layers down into the egg so that it knows you really mean it. Sprinkle the top with Parmesan and paprika. Allow the casserole to sit for about 30 minutes and play "Can't Breathe".
5. Meanwhile preheat your oven to 325 degrees Fahrenheit.
6. Bake the strata for about 45 minutes, or until it realizes the error of its ways and stops weeping. Then put it in time out for 10 minutes so it doesn't try to scald you in revenge when you try to eat it.