Farmer’s Strata

This is a dish that goes by many names; Christmas Morning Casserole, Breakfast Casserole, Overnight Strata, and can be changed up using whatever vegetables and meat you have on hand. At No Frills this week, bacon is $4.97, 18 eggs are $2.88 and the veggies will only cost about $6.00, with some to use in your next meal. It doesn’t have to be limited to breakfast or brunch either. Who doesn’t love breakfast for dinner?

Some recipe notes before we get to it:

  • cook your bacon on a foil lined baking sheet in the oven at 350 for about 20-25 min. Trust me, you’ll never fry or microwave it again.
  • slightly stale bread works best, but fresh is okay
  • any milk will work
  • if you use sausage, remove the casings
  • cheese is on sale at Metro for $4.44
  • letting the strata sit in the fridge overnight is important, don’t skip this step!
  • for vegetarian, omit the meat and increase veggies by a cup

Ingredients:

1 package bacon, cooked and chopped into bite sized pieces (No Frills, $4.97) or meat of your choice

2 bell peppers, any colour, diced  ($1.97)

1 cup sliced mushrooms ($1.97)

1 cup fresh spinach ($1.67)

1/2 medium onion, diced

1 tsp minced garlic

salt & pepper

1.5 tsp dry mustard (optional)

1 tsp dried parsley (optional)

1/4 tsp paprika (optional)

6 slices of bread (any variety)

10 large eggs

1/2 cup milk

1 1/2  cups shredded cheese (any variety)

Directions:

  1. Heat a Tbsp of oil in a large frying  pan.  Add vegetables and cook down while stirring frequently , until veggies are tender, about 6-8 minutes.
  2. Cut bread into 1/2″ pieces, set aside.
  3. In a large mixing bowl, whisk together the eggs, milk and spices.
  4. Add the cubed bread to the bottom of a greased 9 x 13 baking dish. Top with the bacon pieces, then add the veggies in an even layer. Pour the egg mixture all over, using a spoon to push any un-soaked bread down into the eggs. Top with remaining cheese.
  5. Cover with foil and refrigerate overnight.
  6. Remove from the fridge the next day about an hour before you want to bake it. Preheat oven to 350 degrees and bake, uncovered, for 45-60 minutes, until a toothpick inserted into the middle comes out clean.

Serves 8-10 people, freezes well.

 

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