I just gave a test last week to my social work students and there was a “definitions section”. It’s always a challenge to determine the most effective way to test the definition of terms.
I could provide the word and they supply the definition, which seems like the most difficult for the student, but also for me, because I then have to decide, more subjectively, how complete the definition is;
OR I can provide the definition and they supply the word, which is far more objective, making the grading much easier. Unless that is, of course, if a student gives an answer that could be true, though not my intended term. So then I’m led to the question of a word bank- to provide or not provide. I’ll stop. This has nothing to do with your kitchen.
I’ll just say, it is a good thing the test was not on Egg Dishes, because as I have discovered, the terms are not so easily defined.
A couple of weeks ago I was co-hosting a baby shower with my friend, Jessica, for our friend, Alyson, who is in our women’s Bible Study. You know how I feel about the necessity of baby showers! Read this post if you don’t know, and want to know.
But eggs for a crowd can be tricky- especially since something like a quiche is impractical for a crowd of 15 people. So I started poring through my cookbooks and notebooks, looking at my favorites and trying to find the perfect dish.
I began to get really confused about all of these terms: Strata, Quiche, Breakfast Casserole, Frittata. Do you know the definition? I thought I did, but with each page I read, it became clear that it’s not very clear. I realized that the only thing consistent in any of the definitions from source to source, was that every one of the dishes, in every one of the recipes I found, had eggs in them. (And almost all have some type of milk in them too). That’s it! Well, thanks a lot!
I finally decided to go with a recipe that I have had success with in the past. I chose to call it a Strata because it just sounds more swanky than a breakfast casserole. You can make it with ground sausage, which I have done in the past or, with spinach and sun-dried tomatoes, like I did for this shower- which is more Alyson’s style (and mine). And it worked! Yum! My friend Melissa S., who was at the shower, called it “Silky Spinach Sundried-tomato Swiss Strata”! How’s that for alliteration?
I don’t know where I originally got the recipe, but according to my notebook where it’s written, it was in 2004. I have changed a good bit of it, so I guess I can now call it mine, right? This recipe is full of rich dairy products, so it is a splurge! But it is lovely for a special occasion- silky and savory. It serves a crowd, isn’t too heavy, and doesn’t feel like you’re eating soggy bread (which is my complaint with some breakfast casserole dishes). You could serve it for dinner with a simple green salad and have a filling, lovely meal.
3 thoughts on “What’s A Strata?”
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I admit my first reaction to your quiz was “egg dishes…?” I tend to differentiate them in terms of consistency, instead of actual definitions. Though I do know that strata generally means a layered concoction and since that is the featured recipe, I'm giving myself an A!