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By Jennie Geisler Erie Times-News staff blogger
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Posts tagged ‘easter brunch’
Posted: March 22nd, 2013
Make Easter morning special -- and simple --with a Crab Strata.

Make Easter morning special — and simple –with a Crab Strata.

I know I’m a week early on Easter Sunday brunch ideas, but Crab and Spinach Strata is a lovely twist on a timeless classic. Hold onto it for next weekend or, better yet, give it a trial run.
I like my holiday mornings to start with something luscious, but it can’t take a huge amount of effort. I want to sit around in my pajamas with my coffee, too.
This is why I love stratas. Those are baked egg and bread casseroles that call for cheese, lots of cheese, vegetables and little chunks of salty meat, including and especially ham.
Stratas are fun-savers because you put them together the night before and let the bread soak up the milk and egg mixture overnight before baking. Then, while you’re holiday-ing, the strata is in the oven and comes out just in time for kids’ baskets to be opened and Easter eggs located.
This strata takes the time-honored dish “to the next level,” as my sports-TV-loving son likes to say. Classic ham and cheddar stratas are lovely, but this one features crab (if only imitation) and shredded Swiss. If you want, you can go with Gruyere and real crab, but the basic brands are sufficient for drawing your famliy’s appreciation.

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