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Cheese For Cheese And Onion Strata

Asked by olive 28. Answered on 16th December 2016

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How much cheese in total is needed in Nigella's Triple Cheese And Onion Strata recipe? I need to use lactose free cheese. I wish you and your family a merry Christmas and a happy new year.

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Nigella's Triple Cheese And Onion Strata (from NIGELLA CHRISTMAS) is a cheesy, savoury bread pudding that is perfect for a Christmas brunch as it can be assembled the night before and then baked when needed. It is made with a trio of cheeses: cheddar, Parmesan and fresh mozzarella. Cheddar and Parmesan both have very low levels of lactose and can sometimes be tolerated by those who cannot eat fresh cheeses, but you should always check with the individual concerned as to their own preferences.

The recipe asks for 50g Parmesan, 100g cheddar and one ball of mozzarella. A ball of mozzarella in the UK weighs 125g. So in total you need 275g cheese (about 2 3/4 cups grated cheese). If not using Parmesan then you may need to add a pinch or two of extra salt. The recipe also needs 100ml (7 tablespoons) sour cream and you can sometimes find lactose free sour cream, otherwise subsititue this with a lactose free milk. Another good Christmas brunch recipe is Nigella's Panettone French Toast and this can easily be made with lactose free milk instead of the regular milk and mascarpone.

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