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.
I start with Ina Garten’s recipe for Honey White Bread.
If you do not have time to make homemade bread, French bread works nicely.
8 slices of French or homemade honey white bread slices. Cut out festive shapes with cookie cutter. Put aside. Keep scraps.
Cut scraps into cubes. Place in bottom of baking dish.
Finely chop garlic, celery, and onion. Place evenly over bread crumbs.
Sprinkle 1/3 cup parmesan cheese over bread and veggies.
Whisk eggs and milk together in large bowl.
Roll basil leaves together and slice into thin ribbons – making them chiffonade.
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.
Arrange cut-out bread shapes in baking dish. Whatever pieces won’t fit, cut into cubes and place around cut-outs.
Slowly pour egg mixture over bread and veggies.
Sprinkle with 2 Tbsp. parmesan cheese.
If desired, dot bread cut-outs with olives, tomato slices, mushrooms, or jalapeno slices. Cover and refrigerate overnight (six or more hours).
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.
Serves 6 – 8 people.
– Anita, Noted in Nashville