1/3 loaf of whole mixed grain bread, cubed
½ cup milk or cream
2 cups grated sharp cheese
1 to 1-1/2 cups chopped or sliced and sautéed ingredients to include: Vidalia onion, bell pepper, mushrooms, chopped green chili pepper, or other as you may desire.
Spray an 9 by 13 baking dish with baking spray. Place in a layer of cubed whole mixed grain bread. Sprinkle with 1 cup of cheese, then cover with sautéed vegetables. Beat together 7 eggs and ½ cup milk or cream and carefully pour on top. Sprinkle with remaining 1 cup of cheese. Let soak for 30 minutes or overnight. Bake in a 375 degree F. oven for about 45 minutes until the dish is just firm and the top is golden brown. Cut in 8-10 portions to serve hot with a garnish, such as a sprig of parsley and/or sliced fresh fruit.
*This is a quiche-like dish that can be used for many occasions with varied ingredients to your taste. It can be made the night before and kept in the refrigerator for an event the next day.
I made the above yesterday, for Sunday breakfast. Found online here: http://www.lanierbb.com/recipes/data/bk771.html
I searched on Yahoo for Egg Strata, and that was the first link. It looked nice, since it called for whole grain bread … most recipes for Strata in books use “white bread with crusts cut off”.
I used Vidalia Onion and Red Bell Pepper, chopped finely.
And for the cheese: Emmentaler ( Switzerland import), shredded.
It turned out looking like this:
It’s cut into 8-pieces in the photo.
It was a very nice dish, the adults liked it, and Russell liked it, the two younger “didn’t want to eat the red things”, but ended up eating it as they had no other recourse 😉
The edges were really tasty, so if you make this, save that side of each piece for last bites. Also, I don’t spray pans with cooking spray, I use Olive Oil, pour a little in and use a paper towel piece to spread it around, or my fingers. This might have something to do with how good the edges were.
This is a nice breakfast or brunch or something for another kind of meal I suppose. It seems it will be good re-warmed, as Quiche is usually.