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Breakfast Strata - A Family Feast

Breakfast Strata

Our delicious Strata is a savory breakfast casserole that combines layers of bread, cheese, meat, and greens in an egg-based custard. It bakes up soft and fluffy with amazing flavors!

Yield: 12 servings 1x
Prep: 90 minutesCook: 1 hourTotal: 2 hours 30 minutes


2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil

1 cup sweet onion, diced

1 tablespoon fresh garlic, minced

5 ounces fresh baby spinach

3/4 pound (12 ounces) sliced deli salami, diced into half inch pieces

10 whole eggs

1 quart half and half (This is 50% light cream, 50% whole milk) or light cream

1 teaspoon kosher salt

1/2 teaspoon white pepper

1 teaspoon dry mustard

Few grinds fresh nutmeg

Pinch cayenne pepper

12 ounces dense bread cubed into one-inch pieces (about 56 cups)

1 1/2 cups Gruyere Swiss cheese, shredded on large holes of a box grater

1 1/2 cups white sharp cheddar cheese, shredded on large holes of a box grater

Butter, to grease the casserole dish


  1. In a large sauté pan, heat olive oil over medium high heat and add the onions and cook for three minutes.
  2. Add garlic and spinach and cook just to wilt the spinach, about two more minutes.
  3. Add the diced salami slices, stir then remove from heat and cool.
  4. In a large bowl, whisk the eggs with the half & half until well combined.
  5. In a small bowl, place salt, pepper, dry mustard, nutmeg, and cayenne pepper. Add a couple tablespoons of the egg mixture and stir with a fork to dissolve the spices, then whisk back into the egg mixture. This step will avoid the spices from lumping and distribute them throughout the custard.
  6. Butter a 9X13X3 inch deep casserole dish.
  7. Add the bread cubes, Swiss cheese, cheddar cheese, and the cooled salami and onion mixture to the casserole dish in a layered fashion.
  8. Pour the custard over the top, then let this mixture sit on your counter for one hour so the bead can absorb the custard. This could also sit covered in the refrigerator overnight but not longer than 12 hours.
  9. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F just before the hour is up with rack in the center of the oven.
  10. Bake in the center of the oven for one hour or until a toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean.
  11. Let sit for five minutes, then cut (3 rows by 4 rows) into 12 pieces and serve.

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Prep time listed includes 30 minutes to assemble and 1 hour of resting time before baking.

© Author: A Family Feast
Cuisine: American Method: baked