Stratas are an easy way to feed a crowd breakfast. They can be made a day or two ahead of time and you can add in whatever you like.
When I made this Strata I was working with what I could find in my friend’s fridge, but you can add your favorite veggies, bacon or sausage.
You will need:
1 large onion
1 package of mushrooms
3 peppers (I used red, orange and green)
1 1/2 cups shredded cheddar
3 cups cubed bread (a good quality white or wheat)
1 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon pepper
1 cup milk
2 tablespoons butter
a 9×13 inch glass casserole pan
Chop all the veggies. Sauté onion, mushrooms and peppers in butter until soft (about 3 minutes). Let cool for at least 15 minutes. This is very important because otherwise the heat from the veggies will partially cook the eggs.
Butter the baking dish then line the bottom of the pan with the bread.
Whisk the eggs, milk, salt and pepper together. Pour 1/2 of the egg mixture over the bread. Spread 1/2 of the cheese over the egg. Pour the sautéed veggies on top. Then add the rest of the egg and then the rest of the cheese.
Bake at 375 degrees for 45 minutes, until the egg is fully cooked. The top should be browned.
Please note that this needs to be made in a shallow baking dish, otherwise it doesn’t cook evenly.