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How To Throw A Stress-Free Brunch

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Inspired by conversations on the Food52 Hotline, we're sharing tips and tricks that make navigating all of our kitchens easier and more fun.

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Today, Merrill and a few of our other editors are walking you through their tips for strata baking and table setting -- so you can throw a brunch party (or a holiday breakfast for family) without breaking a sweat. 

The concept of a brunch party is all well and good until you're groggy and you haven't had your coffee yet and somehow you're supposed to feed a large quantity of hungry friends. Merrill's solution to this problem? Strata -- that bready, egg-y breakfast casserole that nobody will say no to, and which you can bake the night before your guests arrive. (Bonus: You can add whatever ingredients you have on hand.) The next morning, all you have to do is set your table with some simple decorations, make a strong pot of coffee, and warm your strata in the oven. 


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Strata with Sausage and Greens

Serves 8

Unsalted butter (for the baking dish)
1 tablespoon olive oil
1 pound sweet Italian sausages
1 cup finely chopped shallots
1 large bunch kale, spinach, or chard, stems removed, washed, dried, and roughly chopped (about 6 cups)
6 large eggs
1 1/2 cups whole milk
1/4 cup heavy cream
1 tablespoon Dijon mustard
1/4 teaspoon freshly ground nutmeg
1/8 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
6 1/2 cups cubed stale bread (3/4-inch cubes)
3/4 cup grated Gruyère
1/2 cup grated Parmesan
1/2 cup grated pecorino

See the full recipe (and save and print it) here.

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Video by Kyle Orosz

Tags: Brunch