Eggs for a Big Group - Strata? Fritatta? Scrambled?
- Lila Dec 15, 2004 10:48 AM
My husband just invited a ridiculous amount of people to our house for New Year's Day brunch. What can I feed a bunch of hungover people that isn't too fussy, and will keep for a bit as people come and go?
I want to have something eggy and easy (and yummy, of course). Suggestions?
I'd go with the strata or frittata. The fritatta you can make a day or so ahead and then bring back to room temp when ready to serve. The Strata would need to be assembled the day before and then just popped in the oven the morning of the brunch and I have one other suggestion that could be done ahead too and that would be a roulade. A Souffle base baked in a sheet pan that can be rolled and filled. It looks pretty and is not difficult to do and they are good.
This is called Eggs Sonora, most of it can be made in advance and, the best part, your guests assemble their own portions. Oh, it's also pretty good. The only trick is keeping the eggs warm, which I solve by replenishing the eggs periodically. Layer in the following order: tortilla, refried beans (I doctor mine), 2 strips bacon, scrambled eggs, grated cheese (cheddar or jalapeno jack), guac, sour cream, a Mexican sauce (either red or green). Very tasty and easy.
Quiches are so easy and can be made ahead of time and reheated. You can also vary the ingredients to ensure there is something for everyone, including vegetarians. I've been using Marie Callender's pie crusts for mine and they are very good. Just use real cream to get the best flavor and texture in the custard. Serve with biscuits, crusty baguettes or croissants, fresh squeezed OJ and some fruit.
I used Fatemah's proportions, but more "conventional" ingredients for a strata that I took to work on Monday. My work team is pretty non-adventurous when it comes to food.
I used sauteed onions, steamed broccoli and sauteed mushroons, along with cheddar and parmesan cheeses. It went like hotcakes!
I've often made a savory or sweet strata (I have a great recipe for one with dried cranberries soaked in orange liquore and sauteed apples) for brunches. BUT if everyone is going to eat around the same time, scrambled eggs are good. To make them "brunch worthy" I stir in about 1/2 - 1 tablespoon of herb cream cheese per egg when they're almost ready -- I use something like Alouette. Those are popular, too.
Hi, I'd go with a strata as well, they are so easy to make and can be varied with whatever kind of ingredients you want. Also, it's best made the nite or day before, so that's even better for you. I think I'd also make a french toast casserole for those who don't want or like eggs. There is a great recipe for creme brulee french toast at epicurious.com. I've made it, it's wonderful and can also be made a day before. Have a great party!