This make-ahead breakfast/brunch strata has cheese, eggs, and nutritious value from spinach.


Recipe Summary

15 mins
55 mins
8 hrs 35 mins
9 hrs 45 mins
8 servings


Original recipe yields 8 servings
The ingredient list now reflects the servings specified
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Instructions Checklist
  • Melt butter in a medium skillet over medium heat. Add onion and saute until soft, about 5 minutes. Add herbes de Provence, salt, and pepper; continue to cook for 1 minute more. Stir in spinach, remove from heat, and set aside.

  • Spray the inside of a 3-quart (9x13-inch) baking dish with cooking spray. Layer the bottom of the dish with 1/3 of the bread cubes. Top with 1/3 of the spinach mixture and 1/3 mozzarella cheese. Repeat these layers twice more with remaining bread, spinach mixture, and cheese.

  • Combine eggs, milk, salt, and pepper in a medium bowl. Whisk together until blended. Pour evenly over the bread and spinach layered in the baking dish. Cover with plastic wrap and chill for at least 8 hours, up to 1 day.

  • Remove from the refrigerator 30 minutes before baking to allow pan to get to room temperature.

  • Meanwhile, preheat the oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C).

  • Bake, uncovered, in the preheated oven until puffed, golden brown, and cooked through, 45 to 55 minutes. Let stand at least 5 minutes before serving.

Cook's Note:

You can substitute 2 to 3 shallots or leeks, minced, for yellow onion. You can use fresh or frozen, thawed spinach. Feel free to use French bread instead of Italian.

Nutrition Facts

298 calories; protein 18.8g; carbohydrates 25.9g; fat 13.9g; cholesterol 230mg; sodium 485.1mg. Full Nutrition