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Cheddar and Chorizo Strata

Stratas are a wonderful way to use up bits and pieces of leftovers you have on hand. You can make them meatless or substitute the cheeses and the meats. This dish can be made a day before baking. If you like more heat, use pepper jack cheese. —Kallee Krong-McCreery, Escondido, California
  • Total Time
    Prep: 20 min. + chilling Bake: 40 min.
  • Makes
    8 servings

Ingredients

  • 7 cups day-old French bread cut into 1-inch cubes
  • 2 cups shredded cheddar cheese, divided
  • 1 package (10 ounces) frozen chopped spinach, thawed and squeezed dry
  • 6 ounces fresh chorizo, crumbled
  • 1/3 cup chopped onion
  • 6 large eggs
  • 2-1/4 cups 2% milk
  • 1 teaspoon garlic salt
  • 1 teaspoon prepared mustard

Directions

  • Place 4 cups bread cubes in a single layer in a greased 13x9-in. baking dish. Sprinkle with 1 cup cheese and the spinach. Layer with chorizo and onion; top with remaining bread and cheese.
  • In a large bowl, whisk eggs, milk, garlic salt and mustard. Pour over bread. Refrigerate, covered, several hours or overnight.
  • Preheat oven to 350°. Remove strata from refrigerator while oven heats. Bake, uncovered, until golden brown and a knife inserted near the center comes out clean, 40-45 minutes. Let stand 5-10 minutes before serving.

Test Kitchen tips
  • The chorizo is not precooked in this recipe. It cooks through when the casserole is baking and adds a ton of flavor.
  • Nutrition Facts
    1 piece: 370 calories, 22g fat (10g saturated fat), 192mg cholesterol, 946mg sodium, 21g carbohydrate (6g sugars, 2g fiber), 22g protein.

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