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MISSION, KS -- (Marketwired) -- 03/11/14 -- (Family Features) Weekends and brunch just seem to go together, but who says they have to come together at a restaurant? Hosting family and friends in the comfort of your home for this ultimate weekend meal can be a breeze.

Brunch doesn't need to be fancy or fussy. All you need is a couple of easy-to-prepare dishes and drinks to serve outdoors on the deck, around the dining room table or in the kitchen -- it's your call.

Serve up a stylish spread
Whatever your style, it's a good bet that eggs will be part of the menu. Impress guests with a clever twist -- combine two morning favorites, strata and baked eggs. The strata layer -- bread, cheese and herbs -- is nestled underneath two gently-baked eggs in ramekins lined with prosciutto or ham. It's easy to assemble and the result is impressive, both in looks and flavor.

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Simple, flavorful additions
Serving is no-fuss. Each guest gets an individual ramekin, so there's no dishing up at the last minute. Accompaniments can be as simple as a mixed greens salad, a platter of seasonal fruits and favorite brunch cocktails. Of course, there must be plenty of great coffee, too. Enjoy these tasty stratas worry free since: pasteurized = peace of mind.

For additional recipes for every season and occasion, or to learn more about Safest Choice Pasteurized Eggs, visit www.SafeEggs.com.

Individual Cheese & Herb Stratas
Preparation Time: 20 minutes
Cook Time: 25 minutes
Makes: 4 servings

8      thin slices prosciutto or deli ham
2      cups French or Italian bread pieces (1-inch pieces)
2      tablespoons melted butter
1/2    cup crumbled goat cheese (see note)
1/4    cup chopped fresh herbs (see note)
8      Safest Choice Pasteurized Eggs
       Salt
       Coarse ground black pepper
       Minced bell pepper (optional)
       Chopped fresh herbs (optional)

Preheat oven to 400 degrees F. Butter bottom and sides of four 10 to 12 ounce ramekins or spray with nonstick cooking spray

Line each ramekin with 2 slices prosciutto or ham with some extending over sides.

In large bowl, toss bread pieces and melted butter together. Stir in cheese and herbs. Divide mixture evenly among ramekins pressing down lightly. Break 2 eggs into each ramekin. Add salt and pepper, as desired. Sprinkle bell pepper around eggs, if desired.

Place ramekins on rimmed baking sheet. Bake 25 to 30 minutes, until whites are set and yolks begin to firm, or to desired doneness.

Garnish with additional herbs, if desired.

Notes:

  • Other cheeses, such as cubed mozzarella or Cheddar, may be substituted for goat cheese.
  • One or a combination of herbs such as basil, rosemary, thyme, chives or parsley may be used.

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