Breakfast at Whispering Pines Bed & Breakfast-Dellroy, Oh

Breakfast is a joy at our Ohio Bed and Breakfast on Atwood Lake.  I love the preparation, plating and especially serving it to our hungry morning guests.  Most people are always in a hurry so breakfast is the meal most neglect.  I have guests who will tell me they don’t eat breakfast, but they don’t leave a speck of food on their plates.  Hmm . . it’s nice to be served.

This is one of the many dishes that I serve and it’s a beautiful presentation as well as great tasting.  I would like to share this recipe.  You can prepare it the night before, remove it from the refrigerator, bring it to room temperature and pop it in the oven.  I serve this with a side of herb flavored potatoes and fresh fruit.

Ham and Spinach Strata

4 egg whites
4 eggs
1 c. whole milk
2 T. Dijon mustard
1/4 tsp. salt and pepper
1 tsp. minced fresh herbs, your choice of rosemary, basil, thyme, marjoram or tarragon
2 c. egg bread or Italian, cut into 1-inch cubes
1 – 8 oz bag of fresh spinach, wilted
1/2 c. chopped roasted red peppers
1 c. diced good quality ham, smoky flavor compliments the dish
3/4 c. shredded Gruyere cheese

Whisk together the egg whites, eggs and milk in large bowl.  Add mustard, salt and pepper and herbs.  Whisk to combine.  Add the spinach, red peppers, ham and bread cubes and toss well to coat.  Transfer to prepared baking dish and push down to compact.  Cover with foil.  I use a 10 inch pie plate coated lightly with cooking spray.  Bake at 375 for about 40 minutes.  Uncover, sprinkle with cheese and continue baking until the strata is puffed and golden on top, about 15 minutes more.  Let cool for 5 minutes to set.  Cut and serve.

Do you have a favorite savory breakfast dish to share?  If you do I would love to prepare it to serve to our guests.  And I would be happy to name it after you.

Well, why not stay overnight for a romantic Ohio getaway and wake up to a delicious breakfast served to you on fine antique china in a beautiful setting overlooking Atwood Lake.  We’ll also grind some coffee beans from Larry’s Beans, organic, fair trade and outstanding.

Hope to see you soon,
Whispering Pines Bed & Breakfast

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