This egg strata recipe has a delicious egg & bread layer on the bottom and a layer of bacon, sausage, spinach & onion filling in the middle with another layer of bread and cheese on the top. This gorgeous casserole will impress your guests – whether it’s for brunch, lunch or breakfast for dinner!
Bacon Spinach Egg Strata Recipe
This egg strata recipe is so easy to make! It’s a diced up loaf of French bread soaked in an egg mixture with a layer of Farmer John’s bacon & sausage plus wilted spinach & caramelized onion filling in the middle with another layer of bread and cheese on the top. It looks fancy but is super easy to make!
All of these recipes would be perfect for using Farmer John’s bacon & sausage. Farmer John’s is my go-to brand for meat.
What is the difference between a frittata and a strata?
What is the difference you may ask? A frittata (like this Easy Roasted Mushroom & Potato Cheese Frittata) is a simple egg dishes to make. It’s merely an unfolded Italian omelet with all the filling ingredients cooked on top.
On the other hand, an egg strata involves layers of milk, egg, cheese and bread baked into a puffy casserole. It may also include meat or vegetables. The usual preparation requires the bread to be layered with the filling in order to produce layers. Both are equally easy and so delicious!!
How long does a strata need to soak?
Honestly, an egg strata can soak for hours (overnight) or for just 30 minutes! I think the key is to use a loaf of bread that’s been somewhat dried out so the egg and milk mixture really soak into it and it doesn’t get too soggy. The layers of the strata really make the dish flavorful and tender.
What does strata mean in cooking?
Egg Strata is basically a savory bread pudding. It’s generally made with slices of crusty bread and toppings of cheese plus vegetables and meat in the middle. It’s then soaked and baked until set and puffy. I’ve always loved it, but only just out of the oven when really hot and fluffy. As it cools, it settles and becomes more dense, but still very tasty.
I love using Farmer John’s bacon & sausage whenever I make breakfast – whether it’s an egg strata recipe or any other breakfast dish! I also love grilling during the summer months using Farmer John’s products because it is so nice outside and creates amazing family moments together.
I encouraging YOU to post images of your own summer grilling recipes with the hashtags #FarmerJohnsFlavor or #BringtheFlavor !
Bacon Spinach Egg Strata Recipe
- 1 lb. Farmer John's Bacon diced
- 1 lb. Farmer John's Pork Sausage
- 12 eggs large
- 2.5 cups heavy cream
- 2 tsp. kosher salt
- 1/4 tsp. ground pepper
- 1/8 tsp. cayenne pepper
- 1 loaf day-old french bread diced into cubes
- 1 onion sliced into thin rounds
- 1 8 oz. bag baby spinach
- 1 cup grated cheddar cheese
- Spray a 9x13-inch baking dish with cooking spray.
- Spray a frying pan with cooking spray. Place diced bacon in pan and cook until evenly browned. When cooked, take out and place on a plate with a paper towel on it to cool.
- Break up the sausage in the same frying pan. Cook until browned. Place on the same plate with the bacon.
- In the same pan with the bacon and sausage drippings, heat the onion slices until caramelized, for about 5 minutes over medium heat, stirring frequently. Season with salt and pepper when browned. Next, wilt the entire bag of spinach in the same pan over medium heat. This should only take a few minutes. Season with salt and pepper.
- Crack eggs into a large mixing bowl. Add in heavy cream, salt, pepper and cayenne.
- Place bread cubes in the large mixing bowl and whisk mixture thoroughly. Allow bread mixture to sit about 15-30 minutes to absorb the liquid.
- Transfer half of the bread mixture to the sprayed baking dish. Spread evenly over the bottom and press mixture down a bit. Top with half of the grated Cheddar cheese. Add cooked bacon, sausae, wilted spinach and caramelized onions in an even layer.
- Top the casserole off with the rest of the soaked bread cubes, spread evenly and pressed down slightly. Sprinkle with the rest of the grated cheese. Cover and let strata sit at room temperature for 1 hour before baking.
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C) Bake strata in preheated oven until set, about 45 minutes. Optionally, you can broil the strata for a minute or two to brown the top.
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