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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!

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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!

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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.

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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!

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Onion and Pepper Strata
Serves 6

Ingredients

  • 1/2 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
  • 2/3 cup milk
  • 1 tsp each sea salt and pepper

Directions

  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.

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What would you put in your strata?

Heather

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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.

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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!

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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.

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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!

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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!

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

Awwww future soulmates! 😉

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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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