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Breakfast Strata

Do you ever find yourself with leftover bread? This happens to us quite often. While freezing it, turning it into breadcrumbs, or making bread and butter pudding are all options, have you ever considered making a Strata? Don’t know what a breakfast strata is? Let me explain.

What is a breakfast strata?

In essence, it’s a baked egg dish, which may also be called an egg strata or even a strata casserole. The name “strata” refers to the layers used in the dish’s construction. The cool thing about this dish is that it’s often prepared the night before and baked in the morning (i.e. breakfast strata), making it a popular choice for breakfast or brunch, or heck, it’s even good in the evening after a busy day at work. 🤣🤣🤣

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A typical strata recipe includes ingredients of bread, cheese, and eggs, but the rest is up to your imagination. Some strata recipes might include capsicum, spinach, onions, tomatoes, and proteins like ham or bacon. Of course, vegetarian options might include mushrooms, eggplant, zucchini or other veggies instead of meat. Sweet strata may consist of fruit, cream cheese, and a touch of sugar. They’re also great for leftovers.

Two stone bowls with breakfast strata and salad.

How Do You Make Breakfast, Strata?

This dish is so easy to prepare. The most common way is to start with bread cubed or torn apart and then layered in a dish with the cheese and any add-ins. A mixture of eggs and milk (or cream) is poured over the layers. The strata is then refrigerated for a few hours or overnight, allowing the bread to soak up the egg mixture. Finally, the strata is baked until golden brown, and the egg has set.

So there you go, strata is like a savoury or sweet bread pudding. It’s a flexible dish that can be adapted to suit different tastes and dietary preferences, and it’s a great way to use leftover bread or other ingredients.

Breakfast Strata – Thermomix

5 from 3 votes

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This recipe is a great way to use up leftover bread, even if it's a little dried out. It's great for using up other leftovers too.
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 40 minutes
Total Time 50 minutes
Difficulty Easy
Course Breakfast, Dinner, Lunch
Cuisine American
Servings 4 6
Method Thermomix

Equipment

  • 1 Thermomix

Ingredients
  

  • 1 onion
  • 4 slices of bacon or ham, chorizo, or leftovers
  • 1 red capsicum
  • 1/2 loaf of day-old bread cubed or torn
  • 250 g full cream milk
  • 4 large eggs * see note on egg/milk ratio below
  • 1 cup shredded cheese cheddar, Swiss, mozzarella, or a mix
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • 1 teaspoon dried herbs thyme, oregano, or your preferred blend

Instructions
 

Before Baking

  • Preheat your oven to 170°C fan (or 350°F fan).

Method:

  • I used a baking dish but If using a tin, grease it with butter to prevent sticking.
  • Peel and quarter the onion. Place it in your Thermomix bowl and chop for 5 seconds at speed 5.
  • Slice the bacon and capsicum and add to the TM bowl.
  • Sauté the onion, bacon, and capsicum in the Thermomix. Using a TM6, I used the Caramelised Onion recipe from Cookidoo, but set it for 10 minutes instead of the full 20. Alternatively, you can cook for 15 minutes/100°C/speed 1.
  • While these ingredients are cooking, tear or cut the bread into bite-sized pieces.
  • Weigh the milk into a small jug or bowl. Add the eggs, herbs, salt, and pepper to it. To save washing up, you could also do this directly in your Thermomix bowl after you’ve finished sautéing.
  • Grate the cheese if it isn’t already shredded. A mix of tasty, mozzarella, and parmesan works well.
  • After the Thermomix finishes cooking, remove the hot ingredients and start layering your dish. First, place half of the bread in the bottom of the dish, sprinkle half of the cheese over it, and add your sautéed vegetables (and meat, if using).
  • Repeat the layering process with the remaining bread.
  • Add the egg/milk mixture to the Thermomix bowl and set to mix for 5 seconds/speed 5 with the measuring cup in place.
  • Pour the egg and milk mixture over the layered ingredients in your dish, making sure all the bread is soaked. You might need to press down on the bread to help it absorb the egg mixture.
  • Cover the dish with a sheet of baking paper-lined foil and refrigerate for at least 30 minutes, or even overnight for a quick meal the next day.
  • Bake the dish for 20 minutes with the foil cover on. After this time, remove the foil, sprinkle the remaining cheese on top, and continue baking until the top is golden brown and the egg is set.
  • Let the strata cool for a few minutes before slicing and serving. For neater slices, let it cool completely.

Video

YouTube video

Notes

For the egg to set in a dish like this, you’ll need an egg/milk ratio of around 4 eggs for each 250g of milk.  This recipe is quite flexible, so feel free to adjust it to your taste or dietary needs!

Breakfast Strata – Conventional

5 from 1 vote

5 stars tells us you love the recipe

becs-table.com.au
This recipe is a great way to use up leftover bread, even if its a little dried out. It's great for using up other leftovers too.
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 40 minutes
Total Time 50 minutes
Difficulty Easy
Course Breakfast, Brunch, Dinner, Lunch
Cuisine American
Servings 4 – 6
Method Conventional

Ingredients
  

  • 4 large eggs * see note on egg/milk ratio below
  • 250 g full cream milk
  • 1/2 loaf of day-old bread cubed or torn into pieces (enough to fill your baking dish)
  • 1 cup shredded cheese cheddar, Swiss, mozzarella, or a mix
  • 1 onion
  • 1 red capsicum
  • 1/2 cup cooked meat ham, bacon, chorizo, etc., optional
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • 1 teaspoon of dried herbs thyme, oregano, or your choice of blend

Instructions
 

Before Baking"

  • Preheat your oven to 170°C fan (or 350°F fan).

Method:

  • I used a glass baking dish but If using a tin, grease it with butter to prevent sticking. Peel and slice the onion. Sauté it in a frypan with a bit of oil.
  • As the onion cooks, cut the bacon and capsicum into strips. Add them to the frypan and cook until the onion becomes transparent or golden brown for more flavour.
  • While the vegetables and meat are cooking, crack the eggs into a bowl or jug. Add the milk, herbs, salt, and pepper. Whisk everything together to break up the egg yolks. Set this mixture aside.
  • Tear or cut your bread into bite-sized pieces and set them aside.
  • Grate your cheese if it isn’t already shredded.
  • Start layering your dish. Begin with some bread at the bottom, followed by a layer of the sautéed mix, then a layer of cheese. Repeat this process until all ingredients are used up.
  • Pour the egg/milk mixture over the layers until all the bread is soaked.
  • Cover the dish with a sheet of baking paper-lined foil and refrigerate for at least 30 minutes, or even overnight.
  • Bake the dish for 20 minutes with the foil cover on. After this time, remove the foil, sprinkle more cheese if desired, and bake until the top is golden brown and the egg is set.

Notes

For the egg to set in a dish like this, you’ll need an egg/milk ratio of around 4 eggs for each 250g of milk.  This recipe is quite flexible, so feel free to adjust it to your taste or dietary needs!

6 Comments

  1. Thanks so much for this great recipe. Yum. 🤤 love bread and butter pudding but changing it up to savoury was delicious. Easy to make in TM6 with high heat. Also found your demo on YouTube. Thanks Bec. 🙏🌸

  2. 5 stars
    I’ve made this a few times. It’s simple and delicious and makes a great breakfast on the road. It’s also perfect to make ahead.

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