Spinach Strata

By Katherine

Photo by my father in law in exchange for breakfast

I made my in-laws breakfast, but they were only allowed to eat it after Greg’s dad snapped a photo. His eldest son arrived back in town a day after they did and I was in sore need of a good photographer. Not bad, I can see where Greg gets it.

Spinach Strata

  • 1 pound white bread ( such as sourdough, Italian, French)
  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • 1 bunch spinach
  • 1 red bell pepper, roasted and diced
  • 1 cup sliced mushrooms
  • 1/2 onion, diced
  • 3 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1 cup provolone, shredded
  • 5 eggs
  • 3 cups milk
  • salt and pepper to taste

Preheat oven to 350. Cut bread into one inch cubes and toast until golden, stirring occasionally. Meanwhile, saute garlic in oil in a skillet set over medium heat. Once tender add onion and saute until tender, about three minutes, stirring often. Add mushrooms and cook for about three minutes more, until they release their water. Add spinach in bunches, stirring often, until the greens are wilted. Toss in red pepper and add salt and pepper to taste. In a small bowl, combine milk and eggs stirring or whisking to incorporate. Place bread crumbs in a large bowl and pour egg mix over them. Let set for 10 minutes to allow the bread to soak up the mix. Stir in vegetable mix and cheese. Add more salt and pepper if needed. Place mix into a greased 9 by 13 pan. Bake for about 50 minutes, until custard sets and the strata is golden.

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40 Responses to Spinach Strata

  1. eva626 says:

    looks delish…love the gardening tool next to it…the table too.

  2. ChgoJohn says:

    Any breakfast dish that includes 3 cloves of garlic is just fine with me. Another great recipe!

  3. Looks delicious! Great photo too… :)

  4. Carolyn Chan says:

    It’s like a bread and butter pudding only savoury and healthy !! Looks delicious Katherine – well done !

  5. BrainRants says:

    Katherine, dear god almighty, if anyone – to include myself – made this within 500 yards of me there would be an epic eating event (E3).

  6. fivereflections says:

    this pleases the eye and i’m sure the tastebuds!

    David in Maine USA

  7. Tandy says:

    wow, this sounds very interesting :)

  8. Jessica says:

    So colorful! It almost sounds like a savory bread pudding, mmm…

  9. I used to make a variety of strata for brunches. Thanks for reminding me.

  10. Purely.. Kay says:

    Okay.. the fact that I see spinach in this dish just makes it worthwhile for me to try it Katherine :). Delish

  11. Gorgeous – a savoury bread pudding. Top marks to the chef and the photographer!

  12. New concept.. Strata… I always love to learn new vocab from your blog… I lack good (cooking) contextual vocab.. and would’ve probably called that bread with veggies on top >_<
    Looks great, I'm off to do some Strata research… and I'm not talking about the geology!!

  13. It’s so good to be back in the kitchen after being away for so long. This looks delicious and definitely going on my “to make soon” list. Maybe even for this Sunday brunch!! Thanks!

  14. Wonderful comfort food which I’ll be trying in the near future.

  15. niasunset says:

    WOW! I loved it so much, I want to try as soon as… Thank you dear Rufus, have a nice weekend, with my love, nia

  16. Karen says:

    Your strata would be prefect when having friends over for brunch.

  17. ceciliag says:

    this looks like a mighty breakfast! Hope you all went for a long walk after that! c

  18. Ha, love it. Bartering with food for a good photo. Genius!

  19. We love spinach and this looks wonderful. Can’t wait to try it.

  20. billpeeler says:

    I just happen to have a bunch of bread and I was thinking of a savory bread pudding or something similar like this. I think we have a contender . . .

  21. Wonderful photo and breakfast!:)

  22. Kristy says:

    This looks like a great breakfast to serve up to guests. :)

  23. egg me on says:

    Aren’t you nice to make breakfast for the in-laws. Looks really great!

  24. Stef says:

    It looks beautiful! I love stratas: so colorful, so healthy, and so easy!

  25. That strata is sitting on an outdoor table, isn’t it?
    I’m totally jealous….and hungry.

  26. Mad Dog says:

    What an excellent breakfast!

  27. Lynda says:

    What a wonderful brunch dish – and photo!

  28. Karista says:

    This looks fantastic! I’m now starving and I just had breakfast. :)

  29. Savoury Bread Pudding is definitely on the brunch circuit these days, Katherine. Nice photo…is it OUTSIDE? so jealous ;-)!

  30. Yummy!
    This is a great recipe, Katherine.
    I invite you to participate in the ABC award. Here’s the link: http://bluejellybeans.wordpress.com/2012/03/02/abc-award/
    Bye!

  31. I’ve never made a savory bread pudding but I think I have to now. WOW! Nice shot Greg’s Dad!

  32. Caroline says:

    Congrats to Greg’s dad! You’re right–must run in the family. This sounds delicious, Katherine. :)

  33. A great breakfast for the in-laws. I bet this would be great to cut into large pre-portioned squares and freeze them for breakfast during the week! Great photo too! :)

  34. Interesting dish, I’ve never heard of it though!

  35. Courtney says:

    I love getting the family involved! Not too bad a pic!

  36. I love a great Strata for breakfast!

  37. Yum! I just ate lunch but now my stomach is growling. This looks perfect for brunch.

  38. A beautiful photo, I might add: love how the dark spinach and red peppers look against all of those different browns.

  39. spicegirlfla says:

    I’m soo behind in my blog reading..I love making stratas and this is a gorgeous one!! Both in photo and ingredients! Now that I can enjoy mushrooms, I’m all about trying this!!

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