How to Make a Breakfast Strata

A savory strata is the perfect make ahead meal! Combine bread cubes with some add-ins and cheeses. Toss with a quick egg mixture and refrigerate overnight. 

While the mixture sits overnight, it soaks up the egg mixture and is ready to be baked in the morning. A great meal for a lazy morning or when you have guests!

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What is a Strata?

A strata is a super-easy-to-make breakfast almost like a savory bread pudding (and truly, it’s great any time of day!).

Bread is cubed and tossed with flavorful ingredients (in this case brie and mushrooms). It’s tossed with egg/milk mixture and sits overnight. As it sits, the bread soaks in the mixture and in the morning it is baked until puffy and set.

Best of all, you can use this base to use up any ingredients you have on hand from leftover taco meat to roasted asparagus.

Frittata vs. Strata

A frittata and a strata are both essentially breakfast casseroles. A strata has a more soufflé-like appearance whilea frittata is more similar to a baked omelet.

A strata often includes bread cubes while fritattas can have potatoes or even pasta along with the add-ins.

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How to Make a Strata

  1. Cook veggies or meats (such as mushrooms, sausage or bacon). Cool.
  2. In a separate bowl, whisk the egg mixture (per recipe below).

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  1. Toss the egg mixture with bread cubes and let it soak in a few minutes.
  2. Stir in add ins, herbs and cheeses.

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  1. Spread into a baking dish and cover. Refrigerate overnight.
  2. Remove from the fridge while the oven preheats. Bake until set in the middle.

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PRO TIP: Letting the strata set overnight ensures the egg mixture is completely soaked into the bread cubes so it puffs up almost like a soufflé.

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Mushroom Brie Strata

Full of fresh veggies, cheese, and eggs, this Mushroom Brie Breakfast Strata is the perfect dish for breakfast or brunch!
Course Breakfast, Casserole
Cuisine American
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 1 hour
Chill Time 30 minutes
Total Time 1 hour 50 minutes
Servings 8 servings
Calories 343
Author Holly Nilsson

Ingredients

  • 8 ounces cremini mushrooms or 1 ½ cups vegetables of your choice, asparagus is another favorite
  • 1 clove garlic minced
  • 1 teaspoon olive oil
  • ½ teaspoon fresh thyme leaves or ⅛ teaspoon dried thyme leaves
  • 6 cups bread cubes slightly dried
  • 1 cup Havarti shredded, or mozzarella
  • 4 ounces brie cheese cubed

Egg Mixture

  • 4 eggs
  • 1 ¼ cups milk
  • ½ cup light cream or half and half
  • ½ teaspoon dry mustard powder
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • ¼ teaspoon pepper
  • ¼ teaspoon onion powder

Instructions

  • Cook mushrooms and garlic in olive oil over medium heat until tender. Set aside to cool.
  • Whisk the egg mixture in a large bowl. Season with salt & pepper. Add bread and toss to combine. Let sit 5 minutes and toss again until the liquid is absorbed. Stir in mushrooms, brie and ½ of the Havarti cheese.
  • Add the mixture to a greased 2 qt baking dish (or 9×9 pan). Cover and refrigerate at least 30 minutes or up to 24 hours.
  • Preheat oven to 350°F.
  • Bake covered for 30 minutes. Uncover, top with remaining cheese and bake an additional 15-20 minutes or until set in the middle.
  • Rest 10 minutes before cutting.

Notes

Any mix ins can be added. Vegetables should be cooked to tender crisp and meats should be cooked and drained.

This recipe can be doubled and cooked in a 9×13 pan to feed a crowd. In a 9×13, bake covered for 45 minutes. Uncover and bake an additional 15 minutes or until set. 

Nutrition

Serving: 1piece | Calories: 343 | Carbohydrates: 25g | Protein: 19g | Fat: 19g | Saturated Fat: 10g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 132mg | Sodium: 728mg | Potassium: 342mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 5g | Vitamin A: 593IU | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 334mg | Iron: 2mg
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Sausage Breakfast Strata

A strata is a one-dish wonder! It’s similar to a bread pudding but with hearty (and savory) ingredients, in this case, sausage and cheddar!

This savory dish is best made ahead (or even left overnight) making it the perfect make ahead meal or even breakfast-for-dinner!

cooked Sausage Cheddar Breakfast Strata in a casserole dish

What Is a Strata?

A strata is a bread casserole often served for breakfast. Don’t confuse a strata with a frittata, which is basically a version of an omelet.

Stratas are primarily made with cubes or layers of bread, meat, & cheese.  An egg/milk mixture is poured over top and soaks into the bread (a bit like french toast or bread pudding).

A strata, often served as a breakfast casserole, can be made with almost anything and it’s a great way to use leftover meats, veggies, and cheese that need to be eaten.

Stratas are a favorite casserole and are usually served for breakfast or brunch (but I love them ANY time of day). It makes for a simple light dinner when it’s paired with a tossed salad.

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Ingredients

BREAD This is a great way to use up that stale or crusty bread! Sourdough, rye, focaccia, whole wheat, the list goes on. Save your bread by keeping it in the freezer and when you have enough, whip up a strata!

CHEESE I opted for cheddar cheese, but any sharp cheese will lend loads of flavor to this dish.

EGG MIXTURE Eggs, cream, and seasonings are mixed together to create the flavorful egg mixture for this dish.

MEAT I added crumbled breakfast sausage that’s been sautéed with festive red and green bell peppers, but bacon or ham would taste great too!

Sausage Cheddar Breakfast Strata ingredients in bowls and a frying pan

How to Make a Strata

A breakfast strata casserole is easy to layer up and serve in just a few easy steps.

  1. Cook and drain sausage (per recipe below).
  2. Whisk eggs, milk and seasonings.
  3. Toss bread cubes with the egg mixture and sausage until egg is absorbed.
  4. Place in a casserole and refrigerate 30 minutes or up to 24 hours before baking.

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Sausage Cheddar Breakfast Strata

Loaded with cheese, sausage, and peppers, Strata is the perfect breakfast casserole for a crowd!
Course Breakfast, Casserole
Cuisine American
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 1 hour
Chill Time 30 minutes
Total Time 1 hour 40 minutes
Servings 6 people
Calories 1005
Author Holly Nilsson

Ingredients

  • ½ pound sausage crumbled
  • ½ cup red or green peppers diced
  • 6 cups bread cubes slightly dried
  • 2 cups cheddar cheese shredded, divided

Egg Mixture

  • 4 eggs
  • 1 ½ cups milk
  • ½ cup light cream or half and half
  • ½ teaspoon dry mustard powder
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • ¼ teaspoon pepper
  • ¼ teaspoon onion powder

Instructions

  • Preheat oven to 350°F.
  • Cook sausage over medium heat until no pink remains, drain the fat and return the sausage to the pan. Add the peppers and cook until partially tender. Set aside to cool.
  • Whisk the egg mixture in a bowl. Add bread, peppers, sausage, and half of the cheese. Toss to combine. Let sit for 5 minutes and toss again until the liquid is absorbed.
  • Add the mixture to a greased 2 qt baking dish. Refrigerate at least 30 minutes or up to 24 hours.
  • Cover and bake for 30 minutes. Uncover, top with remaining cheese and bake an additional 15-20 minutes or until set in the middle.
  • Rest 10 minutes before cutting.

Nutrition

Serving: 1piece | Calories: 1005 | Carbohydrates: 122g | Protein: 46g | Fat: 37g | Saturated Fat: 16g | Cholesterol: 190mg | Sodium: 1967mg | Potassium: 722mg | Fiber: 10g | Sugar: 18g | Vitamin A: 827IU | Vitamin C: 11mg | Calcium: 699mg | Iron: 10mg
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