Mother’s Day Canadian Bacon Strata

One month, 9 days, 8 hours and 27 minutes ago I witnessed the birth of my niece, Breckon Raney. What? I’m not obsessed at ALL with Miss Breckon. To watch her enter this world was one of the most marvelous and life-changing things I’ve ever seen. (and plan to see, whaaaa!)

So this year, Mother’s Day is a little bit more special to me. I’m not going to get all corny, I promise. But to see my sister Barbara transform into this most primal and essential role with such grace just brings me to tears. I’m in awe of what she’s already accomplished. Ok moving on before I cry on this keyboard!

So, cheers to my baby sister and all of the other fabulous mothers in this world (especially you, mom!) who make the world go round, keep the booties clean, keep the mouths fed and keep a sense of sanity all the while. I have no idea how you all do it.

Here’s a brunchy virtual reward for all you do.

Enjoy and Happy Mother’s Day!

Canadian Bacon Strata: (Yes, there is cheese on only half. You’ve met my husband, haven’t you?)

(from Everyday Food)

What it takes for 6 servings:

* 1 Tbs. butter (to grease the pan)

* 4 whole-grain English muffins, split, toasted and cut in half

* 10 slices Canadian bacon, halved

* 1 1/4 cup shredded sharp cheddar cheese

* 1/3 cup grated parmesan cheese

* 8 large eggs

* 3 cups milk

* 1 1/2 tsp Dijon mustard

* coarse salt and freshly ground pepper

* good dash of hot sauce

Butter a 2 quart shallow baking dish. Alternately arrange the muffins and bacon along the bottom of the pan, cut side down. Sprinkle with the cheeses and set aside.

In a large bowl, whisk together the eggs, milk, mustard, 1/2 tsp salt, a pinch of pepper and the hot sauce. Pour mixture over the muffins and bacon. Cover with plastic wrap and chill for at least 2 hours. Or overnight, like I did.

When you wake up, preheat the oven to 350. Place the baking dish on a rimmed baking sheet. Bake for about 1 hour and 30 minutes, until eggs are set. If the cheese starts to brown too quickly, lightly tent with foil.

Let stand for 10 minutes before serving. Dig in! It’s so, so, SO good.

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