By Kara Heald
Strata is a layered baked dish of eggs, bread and cheese, and often includes meat (bacon, ham, etc.), vegetables,and spices. I love serving it at the holidays and for guests as it makes such a lovely breakfast or lunch dish. It is especially versatile and easy to transport for pot lucks and family gatherings. This recipe provides you the "base" to build your strata and then you can swap in ingredients.
Now, my secret ingredient that makes my strata especially awesome is baguette. Trust me, plain old white bread just doesn't cut it. Once you use baguette, you won't go back to anything else!
My recipe is for an 8 x 8 baking dish and will serve 4-6 as a main with sides. It can be doubled for a 9 x 13 baking dish, which will serve a large crowd of 8 to 12, making it perfect for a large pot luck or family gathering.
Use this base recipe to get the right amounts of bread, eggs, cheese and milk. Everything else can be customized to suit your taste. Swap ham for bacon, or if you prefer to go meatless, use mushrooms. Want to add veggies: How about grilled peppers? You can also keep it simple and just to bacon and cheese. Have fun and make it your new family favourite!
It's lovely paired with hash browns, fruit salad and other breakfast goodies, but is also awesome as lunch or dinner with a green salad. So many options for this amazing dish
*Note that the strata needs to be prepped ahead, and to sit in the fridge for 6-8 hours or overnight so the bread can soak up all the goodness. It is then super easy to just pop in the oven in the morning and bake.
All photos by Kara Heald