Pumpkin anything resonates idyllically this time of year. I personally, cannot get enough of pumpkin treats, pumpkin décor, pumpkin pie, pumpkin bread…okay you get the picture! Aside from all the sweet recipes that I indulge in, I also happen to love using pumpkin in savory dishes especially in pastas, creamy soups or in this Pumpkin, Sausage and Apple Strata recipe.
It goes without saying that I look forward to pumpkin carving as Halloween approaches. For me, pumpkin carving is a special occasion filled with love and joy because it’s centered around my godchildren and the children of my lifelong friends. The morning of this given day usually starts with everyone meeting at a local pumpkin patch where all the little ones select their very own pumpkin; but not before they have ridden the ponies, found their way through the maze and filled their tummies with funnel cake and corn on the cob. I love that they ask me to partake in every part of it; it’s a yearly experience I treasure and know that I will cherish and look back on fondly when they have grown “too cool” for the pumpkin patch.
After a few hours of running after all the kids at the patch, we head to the hostess’ home where we satiate our late morning appetite with a spread of dishes we all contribute to. I usually come in hand with a strata; a layered casserole dish made with bread, pumpkin puree, sausage and cheese baked in an egg custard. The key in making a hearty rich strata, is to have the right cheese that will melt perfectly to bind with the egg custard which creates that ultimate cheesy and doughy bite.
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