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Bacon Spinach Strata

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

Ingredients

  • 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 shredded Swiss cheese
  • 1 package (1 pound) sliced bacon, cooked and crumbled
  • 2 cups shredded cheddar cheese
  • 1 package (10 ounces) frozen chopped spinach, thawed and squeezed dry
  • 9 large eggs
  • 3 cups whole milk
  • 1/2 teaspoon each onion powder, garlic powder and ground mustard
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon pepper

Directions

  • 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 13x9-in. baking dish. Layer with bacon, cheddar cheese, mushroom mixture, spinach and remaining Swiss cheese and bread cubes.
  • In a large bowl, combine the eggs, milk and seasonings. Pour over casserole. Cover and refrigerate overnight.
  • Remove from the refrigerator 30 minutes before baking. Bake, uncovered, at 375° for 45-55 minutes or until a knife inserted in the center comes out clean (cover loosely with foil if top browns too quickly). Let stand for 10 minutes before cutting.
Nutrition Facts
1 piece: 382 calories, 22g fat (10g saturated fat), 204mg cholesterol, 817mg sodium, 25g carbohydrate (6g sugars, 2g fiber), 21g protein.

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  • Bonney
    May 18, 2018

    Great

  • Usinope
    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!

  • caglaser
    Dec 27, 2012

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

  • turner915
    Dec 11, 2012

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  • jhsdancer05
    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.

  • NevadaRose
    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.

  • gorpanalyn
    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!

  • paigepcanterbury
    Oct 15, 2010

    Was fantastic. We even sauteed some mushrooms and threw those in as well. Beautiful to see and delicious to eat!!!

  • Joscy
    Mar 20, 2009

    Both my husband and I love spinach. Have not tried this dish yet, but plan to soon. Thank you for sharing recipe.

  • p2msr
    Oct 22, 2008

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