strata muffin things

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Happy Fiesta Friday #22!
Full disclosure. These strata muffins, or strata muffin things, as I like to call them, are just an experiment. I like them, but you can probably add more bread, and more egg, to expand the recipe size to 9-10 muffins. This came out to about 7-8 standard muffin molds, depending on how full you fill them.
Hope everyone is having a terrific weekend. The sun is still trying to come out in Seattle, though the weather info on my phone shows the ‘cloud with rain’ symbol for both Saturday and Sunday!
I’m honored that George Takei of Star Trek fame, and now, of Facebook fame, is going to be the Grand Marshall of the LGBTQ Pride Parade in Downtown Seattle, but I just can’t deal with the crowds, and also, the parade has become an endless stream of beer and liquour trucks disguised as floats. Being bombarded by liquour and beer companies is not how I choose to celebrate Gay Pride. Sometimes I wish the Pride committee can take hints from the Fremont Solstice Parade people, which requires it to be ad-free and non-motorized only. Oh well. It’s easy for me to talk without doing anything about it…
Have a great weekend everyone!!
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bacon mushroom cheese strata muffins (strata muffins)
ingredients
3 eggs
2/3 cup milk
1/4 teaspoon dry mustard
1/2 teaspoon Italian herbs

pinch nutmeg
salt, to taste
pepper, to taste
1/2 cup mushrooms, sautéed
4 ounces Havarti, grated
5 slices bacon, fried and cut into small squares or crumbled
3 pieces of toast, 1/2-inch cubed
1/2 cup spinach or other greens
method
Whisk eggs in a medium bowl. Add the milk, mustard, Italian herbs, nutmeg, salt and pepper. Whisk to blend thoroughly. Add the remaining ingredients and stir with a spoon, mixing thoroughly. Place in fridge for an hour, to overnight. When ready to bake, prehest oven to 350 degrees F. Place paper liners in muffin tin, or grease well to prevent sticking. This may be somewhat difficult to remove from the pan, so choose liners, if you have them. Fill to almost full, and place in center of oven for about 20-25 minutes. The last few minutes, you can turn the oven up to broil, to brown tops slightly, if desired.
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20 thoughts on “strata muffin things

  1. Ooh, Dave, these look amazing! I made some similar bacon and leek muffins a while ago, but they were too dry for my liking, yours look perfect. Maybe it’s the overnight sitting in the fridge? Also, Havarti – what’s the nearest generic cheese equivalent you can think of I might find in the UK? Would mature cheddar (maybe the best cheese in the world IMHO, but then, I am a Somerset girl!) work d’you think?
    And as for the commercialism of Pride, that is quite sad to hear. It should be about the people celebrating, not the companies making profits from them. You know – you could always join the committee?! There must be so many people who would love it to have someone who thinks like you representing them!

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    • Yes, I think a cheddar would work fine. Thanks for commenting on the whole Pride thing. I complain every year, but probably should just join the committee or else just move on and stop complaining. Thanks again!

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      • No worries! I love organising, if I was in Settle I’d suggest we joined as a team! 🙂 And sorry if I sounded flippant, I know getting involved with committees for these things is not easy, committees of any kind tend to attract certain types, quite often the last people you’d want in charge! I hope you find a happy medium somehow!

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  2. I couldn’t agree with you more about the parade! I used to go every year and it was such a fun event. All of the sudden it turned into a booze fest! 😦 Oh well. These strata muffin things are incredible! Havarti, bacon, mushrooms and toast in a muffin, it brilliant. I’m saving this one. These will be on the breakfast menu, no doubt. Turned out to be a gorgeous day here in our city, eh? And, wow, that muffin pan is awesome, lucky.

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    • Not bad, weatherwise in Seattle. Went for a walk is all I’ve done today.
      Yeah, I am loving my little thrift-store find. When I saw it, I didn’t even look at the price. It’s about 5 dollars less than a new one. But I bought it anyway, and would’ve paid the full price too.

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  3. I’ve been meaning to make a strata for so long since I seem to always have leftover bread. You know, the end pieces nobody wants to eat. I think I just found the perfect recipe for it. I love that you miniaturize it into muffins. Thanks for sharing them at Fiesta Friday, Dave! 🙂

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    • Thanks, Angie! I’m happy with the results, but looking for more of an easy recipe in the cast iron muffin pan that leaves the pan easy, and creates a brown, crusty exterior. Do you have any recipes for that, besides cornbread? Just wondering. Have a great day!

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  4. Welcome to Fiesta Friday, Dave! It is so nice to meet you, and I look forward to catching up on your blog! I love these strata muffin things. I mean, they’re brilliant.. genius, really…and I’m so happy you brought them to our table this week! I need to try them for sure…I’ve just come to the conclusion that I need to eat breakfast…and a good breakfast, because I seem to be hitting the vending machine at work right about 10am everyday. These seem like the perfect “grab and go” breakfast! Thank you so much for sharing this great recipe with all of us! ❤

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    • Oh, Thanks so much! Yeah, we don’t have vending machines, but I have the same problem about not eating breakfast, only I tend to eat more throughout the day as a result. Have a great day.

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