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Simple Breakfast Strata

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Create endless variations of this easy and yummy make ahead egg dish that is perfect for brunch, dinner, and family get-togethers.

What You'll Need

  • 4 slices dense white or whole grain bread
  • 4 eggs
  • 1/2 cup milk
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried thyme or oregano
  • 6 slices Canadian-style bacon, chopped
  • 1/2 cup shredded Cheddar cheese

What to Do

  1. Coat an 8-inch square baking dish with cooking spray. Place bread in a single layer in bottom of baking dish.
  2. In a medium bowl, beat eggs, milk, and thyme until blended; pour over bread. Sprinkle with bacon. Refrigerate, covered, at least 30 minutes, or as long as overnight.
  3. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Remove strata from refrigerator, uncover, and let stand while oven is heating.
  4. Bake in center of oven 30 minutes. Sprinkle with cheese. Continue baking until puffed, golden, and firm in center, about 5 additional minutes.


  • Like its cousins the quiche and bread pudding, the strata has endless variations. It can be made with almost any firm bread, enhanced with vegetables, meat, and cheese, and flavored any way you like.
  • As with French toast and bread pudding, the strata is a good use for bread that has become a bit dry.
  • You can substitute 6 strips of turkey bacon, cooked and crumbled, for the Canadian-style bacon.

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I love, love sourdough bread for everything except when it gets past its "soft" stage for sandwiches which is usually about a day for me and then i use it for toast. Would this be a good bread for strata? I would think it would be firm enough. Would like to make some this week and would also like to use egg substitute. Will this work OK MR. Food? Thanks!!!!!!! I use the egg substitute so I can get away with having more cheese as i use very little meat if any at all by way of bacon bits. I would like to try some veggies as well such as very dry squeezed out spinach and possibly some fresh mushrooms. I make up a 13x9 baking dish if i do as this way I can eat it all week for one person. I have been preparing large amounts of food at a time as I am only able to be up on my feet for short periods of time and this works as there is very little prep time and i don't mind eating the same thing over and over. Low fat, little prep time, and something I love to eat over and over. Thanks Mr. Food!!!


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This is one of those dishes thats just as good served over a bed of salad greens as it is over a bed of couscous, or well, over just about anything.

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