Versatile breakfast strata
2 cups chunks of any kind of bread
2 tsp mustard powder
1 tsp paprika
½t ground nutmeg, as desired
A pinch of chilli flakes
Salt and freshly ground pepper
1½ cup grated mozzarella, cheddar or blue cheese
Oil, as required
3 spring onions, chopped
1 red pepper, diced
125g mushrooms, sliced
125ml (½ cup) chopped beef bacon
A big handful of chopped fresh parsley or coriander
Roasted baby tomatoes or braised tomato sauce, to serve
Preheat the oven to 180°C.
Arrange the bread on a baking sheet and bake for about 10 mins until slightly dried out.
Transfer to a greased ovenproof dish.
Whisk eggs, milk, mustard, spices, salt and pepper.
Add half the cheese and pour over the bread.
Heat oil and fry onions, red pepper and mushrooms until softened.
Add beef bacon and stir-fry a little.
Allow to cool.
Spoon into the dish and sprinkle parsley or coriander and remaining cheese over.
Cover and allow to stand for at least an hour or overnight.
Bake for 30-40 mins or until done and puffed up.
Remove from the oven and allow to stand for 10 mins.
Serve with the roasted tomatoes or tomato sauce.