I have always wanted to make a strata- for those of you who haven't made one either, a strata is an egg, bread, & milk concoction. I have read about different versions of strata- savory, sweet, with meat, with veggies, this is a really versatile dish. After my meat overload during Christmas, I knew that I wanted to make my strata with lots of vegetables. You guys- if you resolved to eat more vegetables this year, this is a great way to sneak some in!
Ingredients (for 8 servings):
1 cup 2% milk
1/2 a large loaf of challah bread
1 T butter, melted
1 8 oz carton mushrooms, sliced
1/2 head of cauliflower
1 large broccoli floret
1 cup shredded cheddar cheese
The day before:
Cut broccoli and cauliflower into bite-size pieces, drizzle with olive oil, and then roast in a 400 degree oven for about 30 minutes, stirring a couple times. Set aside to cool.
Grease a 9x13 baking dish by brushing it with melted butter. Cut the bread into chunks, and scatter in the buttered dish. Top with mushrooms, broccoli, and cauliflower; then give a toss to distribute the veggies among the bread.
Beat eggs and milk together, add salt & pepper to taste. Pour eggs over the bread & veggies in the baking dish. Sprinkle cheese on top. Cover with foil & refrigerate overnight.
The day of:
Take strata out of the fridge about 20 minutes before baking to take the chill off. Preheat oven to 350 degrees, then bake strata for about an hour until eggs are set and the dish is beginning to get nice and golden. Cut into 8 pieces and enjoy!