At the heart of our laid-back weekend, a make-ahead brunch that can be prepped in advance and requires very little work (or clean up) on a weekend morning.
My go-to brunch with friends dish is a savory Mushroom, Sausage & Cheddar Strata. A strata is sort of like a savory bread pudding, loaded with bread cubes, eggs, milk and cheese. From there you can add an endless variety of vegetables and protein. My favorite combination is a traditional sauté of mushrooms, onions, green peppers and breakfast sausage.
I prep my strata ingredients on the day before, place everything in a colorful, covered casserole dish (I love this one from Le Creuset) and stick it in the fridge. On Saturday or Sunday morning, I pull the strata from the fridge as soon as we wake up and give it an some time to warm up before throwing it into a preheated oven. That gives me enough time to make a fresh pot of coffee and toss together a platter of fresh fruit.
When the strata is puffed and golden, I pull it from the oven, arrange everything on pretty tea towels for a casual look and invite guests to enjoy at their leisure. Pajamas are encouraged. Afternoon naps are required. Nobody goes anywhere or does anything other than enjoy the day and it’s perfect.
Wishing you a fun and leisurely brunch!