Breakfast Strata

So we found ourselves with another stockpile of eggs from our chickens again over the weekend, and needed a way to use a bunch of them up at once.  Usually I’ll make a quiche or something, but this time I had some leftover sourdough loaves that were a bit stale, and decided I would make up an old favorite, a delicious breakfast strata!

If you’re wondering what the heck a Strata is, its defined as:

“Strata or stratta is a family of layered casserole dishes in American cuisine. The most common modern variant is a brunch dish, similar to a quiche or frittata, made from a mixture which mainly consists of bread, eggs and cheese. It may also include meat or vegetables. The usual preparation requires the bread to be layered with the filling in order to produce layers. It was popularized in 1984.” – Wikipedia

Here’s how I made this one, but feel free to use any vegetables, meats, etc. that you prefer.  The possibilities are endless!

Ingredients

  • 1 dozen eggs
  • 2 cups of Milk
  • 1 lb loaf of day old/stale bread, cubed (I used leftover sourdough, but any crusty bread loaf works)
  • 2 teaspoons salt
  • 2 teaspoons ground black pepper
  • 1 teaspoon cayenne
  • 1 teaspoon cumin
  • 1 teaspoon smoked paprika
  • 1 lb bacon, cooked crisp and crumbled
  • 1 lb ground chorizo, cooked and crumbled
  • 1 full bag of fresh spinach leaves, cooked/wilted and strained/squeezed dry
  • 12 ounces of cheddar and hot pepper jack cheeses, shredded

Directions

  1. whisk together milk, eggs, seasonings and add together with the cubed bread in a large mixing bowl
  2. once bread has soaked in the egg mixture for a bit, put half of it as a base layer on the bottom of a large rectangle baking dish (9″ x 11″ or whatever works best)
  3. layer on the bacon, chorizo, spinach, and half the shredded cheese
  4. add the last half of the bread/egg mixture on top, then top with the remaining cheese
  5. bake @ 350°F for around 45 mins or until its set, then broil for a minute or two to brown the top (careful not to burn)
    • THIS MAKES 12 portions

I let mine cool down a bit so it wasn’t super hot before cutting and serving, however that isn’t needed, you can dig in right away.  If you’re looking for a way to use up eggs, or just want an easy way to feed a bunch of people breakfast, this is a great way to do it. My wife HATES casserole dishes, and still ate this one right up. SUCCESS!

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