Saturday, April 6, 2013

What to do with extra buns? Cream Cheese Apple Strata

Today for breakfast I'm creating a Cream Cheese Apple Strata.  Why? To use up the buns I bought a few days ago for the BBQ beef sandwiches.  The cost for the strata is's delicious...and it is something special for the beginning of conference weekend!

Cream Cheese Apple Strata

Cream Cheese Apple Strata
4 buns
1 large apple, peeled, cored and sliced to 1/8 of an inch
1-8 oz. pkg. cream cheese, sliced into 1/8 inch pieces
12 eggs
4 cups milk
Sugar to taste, I like about 1 1/2 cups
Cinnamon to taste, I like about 2 tablespoons
1/2 cup chopped almonds

Directions- Butter a 9 x 13 inch baking dish.  Tear up 2 buns into bite sized pieces and cover bottom of baking dish.  Cover bun pieces with apple slices then cream cheese.  Whisk liquid ingredients together and pour over bread.  Lightly smoosh down mixture with back of a spoon.  I don't think "smoosh" is a word; but, you know what I mean.  Top with chopped almonds.  Cover and let rest for at least one hour or over night in refrigerator.  Bake at 350 degrees for 45 minutes.  Cool for 10 minutes before serving.
Servings- 12

Total Cost for 12 servings $6.07!- Buns $1.00, 1 dozen eggs 0.88, 1-8 ounce package cream cheese 0.99 cents, 1 large apple 0.33 cents,  Milk 0.87 cents, Sugar and cinnamon maybe 0.50 cents, and almonds $1.50.

For lunch I will be taking my Sweetheart out to eat between conference sessions.  Trent enjoys Thai food and this place in Syracuse offers a buffet on the first Saturday of each month.  Hope he likes it.

Dinner will be something quick and easy since the men will be heading off to Priesthood session.  I am thinking BBQ blue cheese burgers with caramelized onions, homemade fries and Strawberry Frappes. 

Total Cost for 4 servings - $9.34!  Diet lean hamburger $2.47/pound.  Buns $1.00 for four.  Onions 0.29 cents/pound, blue cheese $1.99 6 ounces, fries made from 2 pounds of potatoes 0.27 cents (I bought 15 pounds of number one potatoes for $1.99) tomatoes 0.66 cents, lettuce 0.25cents, 1 pound strawberries $1.50, 2 lemons 0.66 cents and sugar about 0.25 cents.

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