The Complete Easy All Vegetarian Holiday Brunch

 

On a quest for a simple yet sublime brunch for the holidays I have decided that this is it for me. I hope you like it as well. It consists of a hot, savory, tangy vegetarian cheese strata with its companion chilled fresh fruit slaw. You can make this ahead for easy, gracious entertaining, but it is best to time the baking so the strata can be served hot and fluffy from the oven for your guests.

What you will need

1 cup matchstick-style sliced firm mango

1 cup matchstick-style sliced and peeled crisp Asian pear

juice of 1 lime

1 or 2 tbl. Domaine de Canton, to taste...and maybe half a teaspoon of fresh grated ginger

1/3 cup chiffonade of fresh spearmint

3 cups of stale cubed challah bread

1 cup of thinly sliced yellow onion, to caramelize nicely in butter

pinch of your favorite salt

a few tablespoons of unsalted butter

4 farm fresh eggs, room temperature

1/2 cup of great quality half and half (or your own cream and milk mix)

1 1/2 cups buttermilk

1 tbl. Dijon mustard

4 oz. of goat cheese, chevre

pinch of fresh grated nutmeg and fresh cracked pepper

a few tablespoons of grated Parmigiano-Reggiano

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