Cookin with The Columns: A great breakfast or supper dish

Every year at Christmas time we have a little get-together that we call “Breakfast for Supper” where we invite our neighbors and co-workers to come to The Columns and we cook breakfast for everybody–at suppertime.  That’s always been one of my favorite things about Christmas since we moved to Tunica.  We started out just inviting the neighbors the first year we were here, because they had been so friendly and helpful to us as newcomers to the community and we wanted to thank them for their kindnesses.  

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The next year we also invited out co-workers and have been doing it ever since.  After we eat “breakfast” we all gather around the piano and sing Christmas carols.  It’s a very special time for us.  Wish I could also invite all of you who read my column every week because I feel like you are my “neighbors” too!  But instead I will send you one of the recipes I use for this event and hope you enjoy it as much as we do.  Hope your Christmas was merry and that your New Year will be happy!
CHEESE STRATA
(BREAKFAST CASSEROLE)
6-8 slices white bread
1 package smokies
1 cup bacon bits
10-12 beaten eggs
3 ½ cups milk
3 cups cheese (Colby/jack or cheddar)

Cube bread into bottom of lightly greased 9×13 pan.  Cut up smokies.  Sprinkle smokies and bacon bits evenly over bread.  Grate cheese or cut into cubes and sprinkle over all.  Beat eggs and add milk.  Pour over mixture in pan.  Refrigerate overnight.  Bake at 350 degrees for one hour.

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