Strata is a savory, layered breakfast casserole made with bread, eggs, meat and vegetables. Make it the day before and bake it in the morning!

close up of cooked breakfast strata in a baking dish.
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I’ve been making breakfast strata recipes in one form or another for the better part of 20 years. These layered egg casseroles are easy to make, easy to adapt to what you have on hand, perfect for meal prepping, and are the ultimate one-pan meals. 

For this strata recipe, I layered crusty bread (my favorite is sourdough, but really any will do), prosciutto, roasted red peppers, chevre and parmesan cheeses, eggs and milk with some Italian seasoning tossed in for good measure. 

The combination of tangy chevre, fresh spinach, roasted red pepper and a hint of saltiness from the prosciutto make this dish not only flavor packed but a colorful feast for the eyes. To make it vegetarian, simply skip the prosciutto. 

If I’m hosting breakfast or brunch for my extended family and friends, I will make strata the night before and put it in the oven just before everyone arrives the next morning, but you can also make it and bake it all in one day. Strata recipes make me deeply happy because they work on my schedule. (Leftovers make great next-day lunches, too!)

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Table of Contents
  1. What is in this Strata Recipe 
  2. How to Make Breakfast Strata 
  3. Ways to Adapt this Strata Recipe 
  4. Make it a Feast
  5. More Amazing Egg Recipes (Yep, Amazing!)
  6. Strata (Baked Egg Breakfast Casserole) Recipe
ingredients for breakfast strata including cubed bread, cheese, spinach, roasted red peppers, prosciutto, scallions, eggs, and italian seasoning.

What is in this Strata Recipe 

  • Crusty bread, cubed or torn. Whatever works for you. 
  • Chevre and Parmesan cheese pack a creamy and salty punch
  • Spinach, garlic, and roasted red peppers add flavor, color and nutrition to this dish. 
  • Prosciutto is totally optional, but I like the meaty bites it adds to this strata recipe.
  • Scallions or chives, chopped. Either will work. Use what you have on hand. 
  • 8 eggs: The key to a light and fluffy strata is to whip the eggs aggressively until they are cohesive. You don’t want the whites and yolks separate.  
  • Whole milk. I think it adds richness, but you can use 2% as well. No worries.  
  • Italian seasoning. If you don’t have it, swap it for a little oregano, thyme and basil. However, I kind of love our Homemade Italian Seasoning recipe. It's worth it for me to whip up a batch to have on hand so I don't have to measure out individual spices every time I cook.
  • Kosher salt black pepper. Salt amplifies the other flavors. If anything you make ever tastes flat, it probably just needs a little salt. Pepper gives you that slight earthy heat. 
Uncooked breakfast strata in a baking dish.

How to Make Breakfast Strata 

Breakfast casseroles are easy to make, which is why they are so popular. Use what you have on hand and don’t worry too much about the combinations. For this recipe I wanted a lot of bright colors and flavors, so I opted for spinach, roasted red peppers (from a jar), a little salty prosciutto and good crusty bread. 

  • Preheat the oven to 350°F. Grease a 9x13 baking dish with a little olive oil. Place it on a baking sheet. 
  • Set a large skillet over medium heat. Add a little extra virgin olive oil. Add the garlic. Saute for about a minute then add the spinach just until wilted and the moisture is released. (If you're short on time and you don't mind a little more bite from the garlic, you can skip this. Just let the casserole bake for an extra 5 minutes or so to help release the extra moisture from the spinach.)
  • Arrange the bread in a single layer on the bottom of the pan. Layer on the cheeses, roasted red pepper, spinach and garlic, prosciutto, and scallions. Top with more bread and repeat the layering process until it’s all used up. 
  • In a large bowl, whisk together the eggs, milk, Italian seasoning, salt, and pepper. Pour it over the layered bread in the baking dish.
  • Transfer it to the oven to bake for 60 to 70 minutes or until a knife inserted in the center comes out clean. 

Ways to Adapt this Strata Recipe 

Among the many attributes one could associate with stratas the very best is flexibility. Get creative and use what you have when making a breakfast casserole. Here are few ideas to make this recipe your own. 

  • I use our Italian Seasoning blend because I love it, but if you don’t have a batch made already just use a combination of thyme, oregano and basil. 
  • Swap the roasted red peppers for a sliced cherry or grape tomatoes 
  • Leave the prosciutto out for a vegetarian option or swap it with cooked sausage, bacon or ham. 
  • Chevre is one of my favorite cheeses. It has a tangy flavor to it, but if you don’t have it or don’t like it, swap it for feta or mozzarella. 
  • Add chopped jarred artichokes if you have some laying around. 
  • If you don’t have whole milk, 2% will work just fine. 
  • You definitely want to use a sturdy crusty bread for this. If you only have tender sandwich slices around the house, hold off on making this recipe until you have a good crusty loaf. It makes all the difference. 
a slice of strata on a plate with a fork, and a mug of coffee in the background.

Make it a Feast

I have a massive family. I’m one of six children so by the time we all get together with spouses and children a lot of food is needed even for casual family gatherings. 

To round out my breakfast casserole main and make it a feast I will sometimes add a sweet option like this Overnight Baked French Toast, and a Smoked Salmon Platter to snack on while everyone is catching up and waiting for the food to come out of the oven. I also love to serve with with a bright winter fruit salad for a festive holiday brunch.

I always have a bevy of drink options: juice for the kids, coffee, and tea for me. I’m an avid gardener so I love how this Arabic Tea Recipe uses fresh mint. If breakfast rolls into lunch or dinner, I’ve been known to whip up a batch of sangria to finish the day out. 

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Strata (Baked Egg Breakfast Casserole)

Summer Miller
close up of cooked breakfast strata in a baking dish.
You can prepare this entire recipe the night before you plan to serve it. Just cover it with foil and place it in the fridge. When ready, put the whole thing in a preheated oven.
Prep – 20 mins
Cook – 1 hr
Cuisine:
Serves – 10
Course:
Breakfast

Ingredients
  

  • 2 teaspoons olive oil, plus more for greasing the baking dish
  • 3 cups chopped spinach, packed
  • 4 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 pound about 6 cups crusty bread, cut into large cubes
  • 4 ounces chevre cheese
  • 1 cup shredded parmesan cheese
  • 3 large roasted red peppers, chopped (about 1 cup)
  • 3 ounces prosciutto, torn to bite-size pieces
  • 4 scallions or chives, chopped
  • 8 eggs
  • 3 cups whole milk
  • 1 teaspoon Italian seasoning
  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt
  • ½ teaspoon black pepper

Instructions
 

  • Preheat the oven to 350°F. Grease a 9x13 baking dish with a little olive oil. Place it on a baking sheet.
  • In a large skillet set over medium heat, add 2 teaspoons of olive oil. When it shimmers add the garlic, saute until fragrant, about 1 minute. Add the spinach and stir until wilted and most of the moisture has evaporated. Remove from heat and turn off the burner.
  • Arrange the bread cubes in a single layer on the bottom of the pan. Layer on ⅓ of the cheeses, roasted red pepper, spinach, prosciutto, and scallions. Top with more bread and repeat the layering process until the ingredients are used up.
  • In a large bowl, whisk together the eggs, milk, italian seasoning, salt, and pepper. Pour it over the layered bread in the baking dish.
  • Transfer it to the oven to bake for 60 to 70 minutes or until a knife inserted in the center comes out clean and the strata is puffed up and slightly golden on the top.

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Notes

  • For this recipe I use about ¾ of a large round loaf of bread.
  • Use 2% instead of whole milk if that’s what you have on hand.
  • Skip the prosciutto to make this vegetarian.
  • If you’re not into chevre then swap it for mozzarella.
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Nutrition

Calories: 337.5kcalCarbohydrates: 29.4gProtein: 19gFat: 16gSaturated Fat: 7.3gPolyunsaturated Fat: 1.9gMonounsaturated Fat: 5.3gTrans Fat: 0.02gCholesterol: 157.4mgSodium: 1001.8mgPotassium: 328.8mgFiber: 1.6gSugar: 6.1gVitamin A: 1460.6IUVitamin C: 9mgCalcium: 290.9mgIron: 3.2mg
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Summer Miller is an award-winning cookbook author, journalist, and an IACP finalist in essay writing and memoir. Her recipes, food writing, and editing chops span both print and digital media. You can find her work at Simply Recipes, Eating Well, Saveur, Bon Appétit, and the Kitchn among others. She is the Senior Executive Editor at The Mediterranean Dish.
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  1. This looks really good and I like the idea of putting it together the night before. Unfortunately, my tummy doesn't like cow's milk and there's a lot of milk in this recipe. I can tolerate goat's milk and cheese milk cheese, but could I sub a dairy free alternative for that much milk? Also, could kale be subsituted for spinach...or even arugula?

    1. Hi, Amy! Strata's beautifully flexible. This recipe uses spinach, but if you'd rather use kale that's fine. I would just wilt it first and note that kale is more bitter than spinach so it will change the taste. I wouldn't use arugula because it doesn't cook well like spinach or kale. I don't have a ton of experience with non-dairy milk, but they should work the same in this recipe. Just use one that is unsweetened and a little thicker. Also, with so many swaps I would cut the recipe in half and bake it in an 8x8 pan first just to test it and see if you're still happy with the recipe after all of your changes. Good luck!

  2. 5 stars
    This was incredibly delicious. I left off the prosciutto to make it vegetarian and it was really, really good. I’m adapting the recipe this week to use up leftover vegetables and I’m really excited to make variations of this strata going forward! It was so nice to have breakfast made for the week.

  3. 1 star
    Made this exactly according to recipe with the expensive ingredients listed. It is very dry and the cheese overwhelms the spinach which you can't taste. Not recommended

  4. 5 stars
    Made this for our Christmas breakfast gathering. 5-stars from around the table. Made it in a 12" cast iron skillet and was rewarded with a crispy and flavorful crust. I added some Aleppo pepper to the sautéing spinach for some warmth. This recipe is a keeper.

  5. 5 stars
    Wonderful recipe! I added roasted red bell pepper ( 8oz jar). Had sausage so browned and used that instead of prosciutto. My family loved it.