Stranita (Strata by Anita)

Strata Recipe by Noted in Nashville.Stranita (Strata by Anita)

For years I’ve said that when we have our own home, I’ll make Strata for Christmas Day breakfast/brunch.  This is finally the Christmas.

Since you can make this ahead, it is perfect for a day already crammed with cooking and cleaning.  Just pop it in the oven and go open presents!

This recipe reminds me of holiday stuffing.  And since I use a cornbread dressing for the holidays, I don’t have to choose.  My craving for both gets satisfied.

  • Large Casserole Dish
  • 8 Slices French or Homemade Honey White Bread
  • 2 Cloves Garlic
  • 1/3 White Onion
  • 2 Celery Stalks
  • 1/3 Cup + 2 Tbsp. Grated Parmesan Cheese
  • 5 Large Eggs
  • 2 Cups Milk (Whole is preferable.)
  • 3 Rounded Tbsp. Sour Cream
  • 3 Dashes Hot Sauce
  • ½ tsp. Paprika
  • ½ tsp. Parsley
  • ¼ tsp. Oregano
  • 5 Leaves Fresh Basil
  • ½ Tbsp. Salt
  • Pepper to Taste
  • Olives, Tomato Slices, Mushrooms, or Jalapeno Slices (Optional)
  • 1 Pat Butter (To coat casserole dish.)
  • Holiday Cookie Cutter(s)

Butter baking dish.

Strata Recipe.  Noted in Nashville.I start with Ina Garten’s recipe for Honey White Bread.

http://www.foodnetwork.com/recipes/ina-garten/honey-white-bread-recipe/index.html

If you do not have time to make homemade bread, French bread works nicely.

Strata Recipe.  Noted in Nashville.Strata Recipe.  Noted in Nashville.Strata Recipe.  Noted in Nashville.8 slices of French or homemade honey white bread slices.  Cut out festive shapes with cookie cutter.  Put aside.  Keep scraps.

Strata Recipe.  Noted in Nashville.Strata Recipe.  Noted in Nashville.Cut scraps into cubes.  Place in bottom of baking dish.

Strata Recipe.  Noted in Nashville.Strata Recipe.  Noted in Nashville.Strata Recipe.  Noted in Nashville.Finely chop garlic, celery, and onion.  Place evenly over bread crumbs.

Strata Recipe.  Noted in Nashville.Strata Recipe.  Noted in Nashville.Sprinkle 1/3 cup parmesan cheese over bread and veggies.

Strata Recipe.  Noted in Nashville.Strata Recipe.  Noted in Nashville.Whisk eggs and milk together in large bowl.

Strata Recipe.  Noted in Nashville.Strata Recipe.  Noted in Nashville.Roll basil leaves together and slice into thin ribbons – making them chiffonade.

Strata Recipe.  Noted in Nashville.Add salt, pepper, sour cream, hot sauce, paprika, parsley, oregano, and basil to egg and milk mixture.  Whisk until sour cream is dissolved and other ingredients are well mixed.

Here’s a tip.  I am very generous with the pepper in this recipe.  Mixed with the celery, it gives a really nice bite.

Strata Recipe.  Noted in Nashville.Arrange cut-out bread shapes in baking dish.  Whatever pieces won’t fit, cut into cubes and place around cut-outs.

Strata Recipe.  Noted in Nashville.103_4167Slowly pour egg mixture over bread and veggies.

Sprinkle with 2 Tbsp. parmesan cheese.

Strata Recipe. Noted in Nashville.103_4168If desired, dot bread cut-outs with olives, tomato slices, mushrooms, or jalapeno slices.  Cover and refrigerate overnight (six or more hours).

Strata Recipe. Noted in Nashville.Strata Recipe.  Noted in Nashville.Uncover dish.  Place casserole dish into larger dish.  Fill bottom dish with warm water, covering casserole dish approximately 1/3 of the way up.  A sturdy cookie tray with a lip also works.

Bake at 325 degrees for 1 – 1 ½ hours.  When done, knife will come out clean from center of strata.

Strata Recipe.  Noted in Nashville.Serves 6 – 8 people.

Strata Recipe.  Noted in Nashville.Strata Recipe.  Noted in Nashville.– Anita, Noted in Nashville

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4 thoughts on “Stranita (Strata by Anita)

  1. Wonderful recipe! I’ll bookmark this page and maybe give it a go at Christmas. If I do, I’ll take a photo of it for you. But I’ll pretend the calorie count is not nearly as high as it surely must be. 😉

    • I would love to have a picture! I’ll post it if you do that.

      Little known fact. During the holidays, calories are turned into pixie dust which is stored by elves under Donald Trump’s comb-over until January 1st; and can never turn into fat unless you break your New Year’s resolution to exercise. Of course, consulting outside sources (such as a mirror) to confirm this fact breaks the spell immediately.

      • Haha–good to know! As for the following: “pixie dust which is stored by elves under Donald Trump’s comb-over until January 1st”–I knew there was something hiding under that mess! Thanks for clarifying. 😉

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