Southeast Dairy Association - Cheese and Spinach Strata

Cheese and Spinach Strata

A strata is a savory bread pudding and a good way to use leftover vegetables. It’s a great make-ahead meal, perfect for an easy breakfast on a busy weekday morning. Frozen or canned vegetables also work well in this dish.
Prep Time25 mins
Cook Time50 mins
Total Time1 hr 15 mins
Servings: 6

Ingredients

  • 1 tablespoon butter
  • 1 (8-ounce) package sliced mushrooms
  • 2 teaspoons salt, divided
  • 1 (12-ounce) bag frozen spinach, thawed
  • 2 1/2 cups milk
  • 4 large eggs
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1 teaspoon paprika
  • 1/2 teaspoon black pepper
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried oregano
  • 6 cups whole wheat bread, torn into 1-inch pieces
  • 2 cups shredded Cheddar cheese

Instructions

  • Coat an 11-x7-inch baking dish with cooking spray; set aside.
  • Melt butter in a medium skillet over medium heat, add mushrooms and season with 1 teaspoon of salt. Cook mushrooms until soft and lightly browned. Remove from heat and let cool.
  • Place frozen spinach in a colander and let thaw, pressing down to remove any excess liquid before using.
  • In a medium mixing bowl, whisk together eggs, milk, remaining teaspoon of salt and additional seasonings.
  • Place half the bread evenly in prepared baking dish, layer spinach, then mushrooms and half the cheese. Repeat the layers with remaining bread, vegetables and cheese.
  • Pour seasoned milk and egg mixture over bread. Cover with aluminum foil and press down slightly to help milk mixture soak into the bread. 
  • Refrigerate for at least one hour or overnight.
  • When ready to bake, preheat oven to 350°. Bake, uncovered, 50-60 minutes or until cheese is bubbly and a wooden pick inserted in center comes out clean.

Notes

Cook time may take 50-60 minutes.
Source of recipe: Rebecca Egsieker, The Dairy Chef
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