Bacon Spinach Strata Recipe
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Bacon Spinach Strata Recipe

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Full of flavor, fast and filling, this make-ahead breakfast dish is pretty enough for any holiday brunch buffet. It disappears in minutes. And being able to prepare it the night before makes handling hectic mornings a snap! —Kris Kebisek, Brookfield, Wisconsin
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 30 min. + chilling Bake: 45 min. + standing
MAKES:12 servings
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TOTAL TIME: Prep: 30 min. + chilling Bake: 45 min. + standing
MAKES: 12 servings


  • 1 package (8 ounces) sliced mushrooms
  • 1 bunch green onions, sliced
  • 2 teaspoons canola oil
  • 1 loaf (1 pound) day old bread, cut into 3/4-inch cubes
  • 1 cup (4 ounces) shredded Swiss cheese
  • 1 package (1 pound) sliced bacon, cooked and crumbled
  • 2 cups (8 ounces) shredded cheddar cheese
  • 1 package (10 ounces) frozen chopped spinach, thawed and squeezed dry
  • 9 eggs
  • 3 cups milk
  • 1/2 teaspoon each onion powder, garlic powder and ground mustard
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon pepper

Nutritional Facts

1 piece equals 382 calories, 22 g fat (10 g saturated fat), 204 mg cholesterol, 817 mg sodium, 25 g carbohydrate, 2 g fiber, 21 g protein.


  1. In a large skillet, saute mushrooms and onions in oil until tender. Place half of the bread cubes and 1/2 cup Swiss cheese in a greased 13-in. x 9-in. baking dish. Layer with bacon, cheddar cheese, mushroom mixture, spinach and remaining Swiss cheese and bread cubes.
  2. In a large bowl, combine the eggs, milk and seasonings. Pour over casserole. Cover and refrigerate overnight.
  3. Remove from the refrigerator 30 minutes before baking. Bake, uncovered, at 375° for 45-55 minutes or until a knife inserted near the center comes out clean (cover loosely with foil if top browns too quickly). Let stand for 10 minutes before cutting. Yield: 12 servings.
Originally published as Bacon Spinach Strata in Simple & Delicious November/December 2008, p49

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Reviewed Dec. 21, 2015

"I omit the mushrooms and substitute swiss and Cheddar with feta and mozzarella (1 1/2 cup each). I try to use a nice crusty bread from the bakery, like sourdough, or baguette. It's a hit with the family every Christmas!"

Reviewed Dec. 27, 2012

"Made this for Christmas so I could enjoy family time. It was great & my family enjoyed. A keeper for me!"

Reviewed Apr. 6, 2012

"This was my first time making any type of strata. I found the recipe to be very easy and also allowed for some adaptations. As it was for only my husband and I, I used an 8x8 baking dish and cut just about everything in half. I also didn't have a half of loaf of bread, so I used a little bit of leftover wheat bread and then some wheat hamburger buns, which turned out fine! I still used an entire package of spinach, which was a little much. I also didn't have Swiss cheese, so I used mozzarella and cheddar. I think I would make this again as it was very easy. You could also easily add sausage or ham instead of the bacon."

Reviewed Feb. 21, 2012

"I made this and took it into work - where it was very well received. To me, it had too much bread, and I would use less the next time I make it. Nice taste, though, and it is nice that it can be fixed the night before."

Reviewed Dec. 20, 2010

"I have made this strata since 08 and evertime my brother in law comes to visit he puts in an order! It makes our visits more special!"

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