Holiday dinner prep just got easier! Holiday Dinner Strata is a timesaver meal that is perfect for busy December weeknights. Made from delicious Canadian eggs, Winnipeg style rye bread, ham, broccoli and cheese this meal comes together easily! Better yet, this meal frees-up your time for important and impactful acts of service like volunteering at your local food bank to share Holiday cheer.
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Hi friends, I am back to share a delicious and easy recipe with you! There is no denying that I LOVE bunch-style meals like this one to flavourful, Thai inspired bowls, eggs are such a key staple in my kitchen. But, I don’t just love them for their culinary versatility! Oh no! They do amazing things for the community, too! You see, Canadian Egg Farmers also donate more than 1.4 million eggs to local food banks every year. This is a particularly impactful number to me as it clearly demonstrates the commitment to community that Egg Farmers of Canada have shown with their partnership with Food Banks of Canada over the past 20 years.
This year, Egg Farmers of Canada asked me to develop a simple meal that is perfect for the busy Holiday season. We hope that recipes such as this easy, make ahead Holiday Dinner Strata will free-up some of your time so that you can gather your friends and family and go out into your community and help others. I also encourage, if you can, to share in your good fortune! Many food banks also accept donations of food and money. If you follow me on social you will know that giving back to food banks, communities and helping others is something very important to me. That is because, in Canada, more than a MILLION visits to food banks are made each month. 1 in 3 of those visitors are children of youth. And, recently, the rate of food bank use among single person households has hit a record high. Many Canadians need our help, and what better time to do so than now?
This meal is perfect to be made ahead and is hearty enough for a big meal after spending the day out in the community. It also makes for a great holiday brunch option. Simply prep the Holiday Dinner Strata the night before (or a few hours) and then set in the fridge! The strata takes only a few minutes of prep and roughly 45 minutes of cook time, making it a great dinner option for those on the go.
When creating this dish, I chose the heartiest bread, Winnipeg Style Rye (lighter rye) but any rye bread will do! This meal can easily be made with repurposed leftovers such as glazed ham from your holiday feast, day old bread (or buns) and even the leftover steamed broccoli. The recipe is so versatile that you can mix and match flavours as you wish! The true star of the show, beyond the simplicity of this dinner option, truly are the Canadian Eggs, which cook to a fluffy and filling consistency that lifts effortlessly out of your baking dish. Hurray!
And with that I leave you with the final recipe of 2019! It has been a fabulous year, friends and I thank you for all the love, support, clicks, comments and shares that you have given me this year! I want to thank not only the loyal Peppers and Pennies readers but the hard working and passionate Canadian farmers that make this all possible. Egg Farmers of Canada has been by my side for years now and I finally was able to sit down and chat with a local Manitoba Egg farmer over coffee back in March. We chatted about his love for his work, animals and providing Canadians with healthy delicious and safe food. It truly was one of my highlights of the year and I hope to be able to have more meaningful connections with Canadian food producers as I welcome the new decade!
Here’s to all the best for your and yours this holiday season! Please take the time to pause and give back to those that need it most this Holiday season. It truly makes a huge difference in the lives of others.
Holiday Dinner Strata
- 12 Large Canadian Eggs
- 1/4 cup cream
- dash salt and pepper
- 1.5 cup cheddar cheese
- 3 cups Winnipeg style rye bread, cubed roughly 6 pieces
- 1 cup cooked ham, cubed
- 1 cup broccoli florets cut small
- 1/4 cup green onion cut small
- 1/4 cup cheese for topping
- Grease medium size oval casserole dish or 9x9 pan with butter. In large mixing bowl, whisk Canadian eggs with cream and salt an pepper. Fold in cheese, rye bread, ham, broccoli and green onion.
- Pour mixture into casserole dish and seal with lid or saran wrap. Refrigerate for minimum 1 hour or overnight.
- After volunteering at your local food bank, preheat oven to 350 degrees. Remove lid from casserole pan and top mixture with remaining cheese.
- Bake egg mixture for 45-50 minutes, or until eggs are fully set and fluffy. Remove from heat and let cool for 10 minutes prior to serving. Serve with additional green onions and/or hot sauce.
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