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I hesitate to give you this information because it is so powerful. If you want to go from engorged to engaged, this is the way to do it. Now is your chance to turn back, because once you have this information you can’t un-learn it.
It’s the sleepover strata, the Italian Brunch Pudding.
Sleeping over with someone is a thing. No toothbrushes. Did I sleep in my contacts? You know what I mean. If you have an inkling it might happen and you do a little pre-production, you can FULLY entrap your prey with this little trick.
Take these steps a day or two before and have it set up in your fridge. Here we go.
What you’ll need:
- 8 eggs
- 2 challah rolls / half an old french loaf / old bread (the diner by me gives away challah rolls and I never eat them)
- 1 cup of half and half
- 5 stalks of rapini
- 3/4 cup cheese (I used a pecorino with a red chili pepper coating. Go with something nutty like a good parm; gruyere would be nice as well)**see note at the bottom
- fresh chopped flat leaf parsley (couple of tablespoons)
- fresh chopped marjoram (to taste, a couple of tablespoons)
- 1 tsp white pepper
- 1 tsp salt (adjust if your cheese is really salty)
- 1/2 tsp fresh grated nutmeg
- 1/2 tsp onion powder
Steam the rapini for 60-120 seconds depending on how thick the stalks are. Do not overcook it. During those two minutes cube your bread in 1 inch by 1 inch squares.
Grate the cheese. Chop the rapini.
Assemble in layers in a square baking dish. I used a disposable because, well, sometimes I am lazy and these are recyclable. Butter the pan, put a layer of bread, spread some rapini, parsley, marjoram around, add some cheese. Continue till the baking dish is full/level. This should work out pretty exactly.
Combine the eggs, half and half, salt, pepper, onion powder and nutmeg and whisk to break up the eggs. Carefully pour the liquid evenly over the bread mixture. I say carefully because if you go too fast the eggs will slop out. I assure you this did NOT happen to me.
Here’s where the trickery begins: cover it with foil and stick it in the fridge. For as long as you want.
Now when you wake up in the morning to peewee, take it out of the fridge and preheat the oven to 375 degrees. While your guest is showering, put it in the oven covered for 25 minutes. Take off the foil, and while you enjoy your coffee, bake it for another 25 minutes. Then BAM, present a fully cooked breakfast. Just like that, you tricky bitch.
KelKel helped me eat it on this particular morning.
Trust me – you are getting afternoon delight.
If you don’t hurt yourself. Bye for now.
The Gentleman Caller
Pairing: this pairs delightfully with Balsamic Pineapple Salad.
**I got my very special cheese – Red Pepper Coated Pecorino – at Calandra Cheese in the Bronx. 2314 Arthur Avenue. This store will exceed all your cheese dreams and the guys hand you samples like you’re at Costco on a Saturday. If you don’t use red pepper coated pecorino, add some chili flakes for a little heat.