As I sat at my computer a couple of Wednesdays back, planning the next week's meals and bemoaning the lack of non-dessert recipes on my to-make list, a new blog post popped up on Google reader to save me from my impending boredom. Ree Drummond of all things Pioneer Woman had just posted a recipe for sausage-kale strata, and it looked fabulously tasty. Now, I don't eat sausage, so I started to play with the recipe a bit, at first just subbing in cubed Gardein filets for the sausage, but then I went crazy with it, and ended up with Tex-Mex breakfast strata.
I'm a born-and-raised Texas girl. I may not eat meat or like football (yes, I may be asked to leave the state after this post), but I do love Tex-Mex food. There are weeks when I could eat it morning, noon and night, and with this recipe I think I just might.
My first run at it reminded me what I already know: sometimes simple is better. (And when testing out a new creation, starting with a mini version can save time and ingredients.) Including tomatoes, potatoes and spinach, while tasty, really distracted from the flavor combination I was looking for, so I went back to the drawing board and really paired it down. Definite improvement.
After eating the strata for a few mornings, I switched back to my usually toast with nut butter and strawberries breakfast and ate this for lunch or dinner instead. It's very tasty, but not sweet, and it seems that I want something sweet first thing in the morning. Me? Want something sweet? Shocking, I know.
Tex-Mex (Breakfast) Strata
Inspired by Ree Drummond's Sausage-Kale Strata
Makes 4-6 servings (depending on how big a piece you want)
- 1/4 t cayenne
Makes 2 cups salsa
Things I learned from this project:
- When creating a new dish, start with a mini version. It saves time and a lot of wasted ingredients if it doesn't come out right the first time.
- Also when trying something new, really think about the flavors you want to highlight and how each addition will affect those flavors: salsa adds a bit of acidity to this dish, but spinach really didn't contribute anything positive.