Recipes to feed family and visitors over the holidays

Strata is an Italian baked egg and bread dish, and it\'s a great thing to make ahead of time and serve to a hungry holiday crowd. (Thinkstock)

WASHINGTON – With Christmas just one week away, many households will soon be infiltrated with grandparents, in-laws, cousins and kids.

There’s no doubt that having family and friends visit for the holidays fills the house with joy and excitement — but what can you fix to fill their stomachs?

Local cookbook author and founder of The Six O’Clock Scramble Aviva Goldfarb has some ideas, starting with breakfast.

Spinach and Cheese Strata

This dish can be made in advance and then reheated to feed the hungry masses. Or, just assemble the dish the night before and pull it out to bake in the morning.

Ingredients:

  • 10 oz. frozen chopped spinach
  • 6 slices ciabatta bread, about 1/2-inch thick, or use any day old bread (about 4 cups)
  • 6 eggs
  • 1

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