This is a great way to use a slightly older piece of bread that no one wants to eat alone anymore.
- Enough old bread to cover the bottom of a 9×9 inch baking pan – you can use any bread that you have to make this dish, stale bread works best.
- 5 eggs
- ½ cup milk (cow/goat/rice/soy/nut – any milk will work)
- ¼ tsp salt
- ¼ tsp pepper (add less or more to your liking)
- 1 cup chopped vegetables of your choice (I usually use left-overs from the last few day’s dinners – greens and peppers work particularly well)
- ½ cup cheese of your choice (grated)
- 1 cup meat (optional – I often add left-over meat mixtures we may have in the fridge)
1) Cut or break the bread into slices or cubes and cover the bottom of the baking pan (I use a 9×9 inch baking pan but you can scale up the recipe for a larger crowd)
2) Crack the 5 eggs into a bowl
3) Add the ½ cup milk and whisk with the eggs
4) Add salt and pepper (suggested amounts can be altered to your tastes)
5) Whisk the egg milk mixture and break up the yolks
6) Add 1 cup vegetables (here I used one cup of left over veggies from our dinner the night before)
7) Add ½ cup of the grated cheese to the egg mixture (here I used cheddar cheese)
8) Add 1 cup meat (optional – I used a ground bison green chili we had for dinner earlier in the week)
9) Mix the egg-veggie-meat-mixture and pour over the bread
10) Cover the bread and egg mixture with aluminum foil and let it sit 30 minutes to over night in the fridge.
11) Optional step – sprinkle additional grated cheese over top
Bake at 350 deg F/ 178 deg C for 40 minutes with aluminum foil covering, bake for an additional 10-20 minutes at 400 deg F/ 204 deg C to brown cheese on top. Depending on the amount of veggie and meat that you add to the strata, you may need to add cooking time. If the egg mixture is still jiggly, continue cooking with the aluminum cover until the mixture is set. Once it seems cooked through, brown the top.
If you are able, this meal is best if left overnight so the egg mixture can soak into the break. However, since mornings are rushed, you can bake it the night before after at least 30 minutes of soaking, just to be sure it has enough time to fully cook throughout. If you pre-cooked the strata the night before, you can slice a square for your child in the morning and either heat it in the oven, microwave, or toaster.
For the strata in the photos, I cooked the mixture a total of 60 minutes with 20 minutes browning time. The extra cooking time was needed because I filled the mixture with so many left-over items! It was a hit!