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Meat Lite: Cemita Strata

Editor's note: Philadelphia food writers Joy Manning and Tara Mataraza Desmond drop by each week with Meat Lite, which celebrates meat in moderation. Meat Lite was inspired by their book, Almost Meatless.

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Strata, or savory bread pudding, is one of the classic clean-out-your fridge dishes. The basic formula can be adapted to whatever you have lying around, so long as the flavors harmonize reasonably well. This version calls for cemitas, which is easy enough to find if you have access to a Mexican grocery or bakery, but if not, any seeded loaf will do. The chorizo here lends a lot of flavor (of course) but could be omitted for a vegetarian version or replaced with an equal amount of ground beef or pork. I told you the recipe is flexible.

About the author: Joy Manning is the restaurant critic at Philadelphia Magazine. She blogs at

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