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Oven-Fired BlackBerry and Bunny Hops

Oven-Fired BlackBerry and Bunny Hops
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Sausage Cheese Strata with Sun-Dried Tomatoes
(serves 6-8)

  • ½ cup chopped sun-dried tomatoes
  • 12 oz. hot Italian sausage, casings removed
  • Butter
  • 3½cups milk
  • 8 eggs
  • 2 teaspoons minced fresh thyme (or ¾teaspoon dried thyme)
  • 1½ teaspoons salt
  • ¼ teaspoon pepper
  • 11 slices white bread, cut into 1-inch pieces
  • ½ cup chopped onion
  • ½ cup freshly grated Parmesan cheese
  • 1 cup freshly grated Provolone cheese
  • ¼ cup crumbled goat’s-milk cheese
  • Chopped fresh parsley, to taste

Place the sun-dried tomatoes in a small nonmetal bowl. Add enough hot water to cover tomatoes. Let stand for 15 minutes or until soft.

Brown the sausage in a medium-size skillet over medium-high heat, stirring until crumbly. Using a slotted spoon, remove to a bowl lined with paper towels.

Grease a 9×13-inch baking dish with butter.

Whisk the milk, eggs, thyme, salt, and pepper in a large bowl until blended. Add the sun-dried tomatoes, sausage, bread, onion, and Parmesan, and mix well.

Spoon into a baking dish and chill (covered) 4 to 12 hours.

Preheat oven to 375°. Bake uncovered 45 minutes, or until puffed and golden-brown. Sprinkle with Provolone and goat’s-milk cheese. Bake an additional 10 minutes or until cheese melts.

Cool on a wire rack 5 minutes. Sprinkle with parsley and serve immediately.

The “Bunny Hop”

  • 1 cup pomegranate juice
  • 1 tablespoon sugar
  • 3-inch fresh ginger, grated
  • 2 tablespoons Cointreau or other orange liqueur, divided
  • 2 tablespoons St-Germain liqueur, divided
  • 1 bottle brut Champagne or Prosecco, well chilled
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2 Responses to Oven-Fired BlackBerry and Bunny Hops

  1. Joseph Romanelli May 6, 2010 at 4:21 pm #

    Love this story, sounds like an amazing time! Thanks for sharing Annie. Looking forward to connecting with you all in Nantucket, Boston, or come to Charlotte some day.

  2. Dee Winter May 19, 2010 at 11:39 am #

    Until Kristen open the oven door? Was the blackberry in the oven? The cat? Sounds like a cliff hanger to me!

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