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onion and pepper strata

by Heather

While in our Bradley Method class we made some new friends, Megan and Jared. Megan was due 1 day after me. While I had Hunter 3 days late, Megan had her little girl Mabel 10 days late.  Yowza!


Hunter 8 days old, Mabel 3 days old.

When Hunter and I decided to visit them, I knew I wanted to bring a meal. During that first week when I was home I had a meal brought just about every day. It was awesome. Even though I had prepped freezer meals while I was still pregnant, getting one out from the freezer and baking it is definitely more work than having a meal delivered. Plus the meals that were brought were delicious!


Egg dishes are one of my favorites (mmmm quiche), and I knew they both liked eggs too (they have chickens!) so that’s what I went for. A strata.


What’s a strata? It’s similar to a frittata, just with bread added. You basically cubed your day old bread, make an egg mixture, add in your extras (cheese, onion and pepper) and bake away resulting in a savory, filling egg dish. Great for breakfast, lunch or dinner!


Onion and Pepper Strata
Serves 6


  • ½ whole wheat baguette (day old is best), cubed
  • 1 onion, diced
  • 1 red bell pepper, diced
  • 1 tsp olive oil
  • 1.5 cups sharp cheddar cheese, shredded
  • 8 eggs
  • ⅔ cup milk
  • 1 tsp each sea salt and pepper


  1. Pre-heat oven to 375 degrees. Coat an 8 x 8 baking dish with olive oil spray.
  2. In a large pan over medium-high heat add the oil, onion, peppers and a pinch of sea salt. Sauté for 5-6 minutes, or until both are soft.
  3. Add the cubed bread to the baking dish, then the onion mixture and half the cheese. In a bowl whisk together the eggs, milk, sea salt and pepper. Pour over the bread/onion/cheese. Top with remaining cheese.
  4. Bake for 35-45 minutes, or until the egg is set. Serve warm or at room temperature.

By changing the ‘extras’ you can create a new strata each time! I made one with kale, leek and sharp cheddar cheese that was phenomenal.


What would you put in your strata?


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Erica June 21, 2012 - 8:12 am

So sweet! Always good to bring new parents food. I would put tomatoes, onions and broccoli in my strata! I’ve never made one.

amy June 21, 2012 - 10:36 am

this looks awesome!! i wonder if it freezes well? im gonna try to freeze some meals before our little one comes too!

Fit Mama June 21, 2012 - 10:39 am

I bet it would freeze great! I freeze my quiches unbaked, so you could probably do the same with this. Having meals all ready before your little sweetie gets here will be super nice for you.

amy June 21, 2012 - 10:44 am

ooo ok so freeze unbaked? ill have to remember that. ive never actually made a meal, then froze it haha this is a first for me!

Fit Mama June 21, 2012 - 1:06 pm

Ya what I do is prepped it like you’re going to bake it, then put it in the freezer uncovered, then once it’s frozen cover and label it. So easy!

chelsey @ clean eating chelsey June 21, 2012 - 5:57 pm

Awwww future soulmates! 😉

Jennifer @ Peanut Butter and Peppers June 22, 2012 - 1:28 pm

Yum! I wouldn’t change your recipe, since I’m a huge fan of onions and peppers, but I may throw in some tomatoes and spinach! I never had a strata, but I know I would love it!

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Dezz September 23, 2012 - 12:58 pm

I left it in the oven a little too long, but it came out great regardless!

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