Sunday, November 15, 2009

Condiments Commune in Casserole

Better Homes and Gardens Casserole Cook Book (c) '68 is a mecca of menus that mix and mingle meats and miscellaney. Tonight I opted for a slice of their salt laden strata, the:

Sausage Strata
[is more appetizing than it appears here!]

6 slices white bread [no, that's not my nickname on the block]
1 pound bulk pork sausage
1 teaspoon prepared mustard
4 ounces process [what happened to the -ed in the 60s?] Swiss cheese, shredded (1 cup)
3 slightly beaten eggs [spanked, then?]
1 1/4 cups milk
3/4 cup light cream
1 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce [how'd you like to be the Dutchess of Worcestershire - what a mouthful. awkward.]

Fit bread into bottom of greased 12x7 1/2x2-inch baking dish. Brown sausage; drain off all excess fat [might be a good time to throw back a tall glass of Knox gelatine]. Stir in mustard. Spoon sausage evenly over bread; sprinkle with cheese. Combine eggs, milk, cream, Worcestershire, 1/2 teaspoon salt, dash pepper, and dash ground nutmeg; pour over cheese. Bake at 325 degrees for 30 minutes or till set.

Mmmmm...sodiYUM! This strata was pretty run-of-the-mill. But I am a believer that the Worcestershire [madame] served as it's salty piece-de-resistance. This condiment casually comingles with mustard pre-bake, but lives out loud when pulled out of the oven. This casserole definitely needs a chaser. I think a mimosa would provide a nice balance of salty and sweet [although too many might throw you off-balance].

(And hey, ladies and gents, get a helping of sass with a side of crass on - I'll be contributing horoscopes, a KitschenFeast column and a retro happy hour recipe weekly!)


  1. Okay thats too funny that you said, more appetizing than it appears..cause I saw that pic and was sort all, no way. That looks a little....well. No way. But many good things look sorta like that so Ill believe you

  2. Strata ... a fancy word for "egg bake" ...

    Egg Bake ... plain talk for eggs with cheese and stuff baked in it ...

    Cheese and Stuff ... what you put in your Strata ...

    What came first ...