Whether it’s breakfast in bed, an elegant nibble or a restorative brunch for a crowd, start your festive mornings the right way with our tasty, Triple-tested treats
Start the day in the tastiest way possible with our Triple-tested treats
SAVOURY CROISSANT STRATA A strata is the ultimate in American comfort food – a savoury, cheesy breakfast casserole. We’ve upped the indulgence by using croissants. Heaven.
Hands-on time 15min, plus (overnight) chilling. Cooking time about 1hr. Serves 8
◆ 8 croissants, preferably stale (see GH Tip) ◆ 4tsp Dijon mustard ◆ 8 slices Parma or serrano ham ◆ Butter, to grease ◆ 175g (6oz) Gruyère cheese, grated ◆ 8 large eggs ◆ 800ml (1⅓ pint) whole milk ◆ 200g (7oz) cherry tomatoes, halved ◆ 1½tbsp finely chopped chives
1 Halve the croissants lengthways and brush the cut sides with mustard. Sandwich each croissant back together with a slice of ham, then arrange on their sides in a large greased baking dish. Scatter the cheese over, getting it in between the croissants as well as on top.
2 Whisk together the eggs and milk, and plenty of seasoning. Pour over the croissants, then scatter with the tomatoes and chives. Cover with foil and chill overnight, or for at least 6hr.
3 Preheat oven to 180°C (160°C fan) mark
4. Uncover and cook the strata for 1hr until puffed and golden (the custard should be just set). Leave to rest for 5min before serving. PER SERVING 418cals, 24g protein, 26g fat (13g saturates), 22g carbs (8g total sugars), 2g fibre