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Bev’s Cheese Strata and Hot Curried Fruit

May 20, 2013 by Fayette Woman  
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by Virginia Gibbs

My mom, Beverly Turnbull, was a Southern lady and a wonderful cook.   At special holidays like Easter and Christmas, our family would gather to enjoy a scrumptious breakfast of cheese strata and hot curried fruit.   The strata was prepped the day before, making it easy to pop in the oven and make the holiday special!

My mom, Beverly Turnbull, was a Southern lady and a wonderful cook. At special holidays like Easter and Christmas, our family would gather to enjoy a scrumptious breakfast of cheese strata and hot curried fruit. The strata was prepped the day before, making it easy to pop in the oven and make the holiday special!

 

 

Bev’s Cheese Strata

  • 10 slices of white bread with crust cut off
  • 1/3 cup butter (softened)
  • 3 cups grated cheddar cheese
  • 4 eggs, slightly beaten
  • 3 cups milk
  • 1 ½ tsp. salt
  • 1 tsp. dry mustard
  • Pinch of cayenne pepper
  • Finely chopped parsley and paprika

Spread bread slices with butter. Cut each slice into 4 strips. Butter a 2-quart casserole dish. Alternate layers of bread and cheese, ending with cheese layer. Beat eggs and add salt, dry mustard, cayenne pepper and milk. Pour egg mixture over the bread. Refrigerate for at least 24 hours. Take out of refrigerator and let it sit 1 hour. Bake at 350º for 40-50 minutes until cheese is melted and lightly browned. Sprinkle with paprika and parsley. Enjoy!

 

Hot Curried Fruit

  • 1/3 cup butter
  • ¾ cup of light brown sugar
  • 1 tsp. curry powder
  • 16-ounce can of pineapple chunks (save syrup)
  • 16-ounce can pear halves (drained)
  • 16-ounce can peach halves (drained)
  • 10 maraschino cherries
  • Nutmeg
  • Cinnamon

Melt butter in skillet. Add sugar & curry. Add pineapple and ¼ cup of saved pineapple syrup to skillet and simmer until sugar is melted. Arrange remaining fruit in buttered, shallow 1 ½ quart baking dish. Pour sauce with pineapple over fruit. Sprinkle with nutmeg and cinnamon. Bake 1 hour at 325 deg.

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