So you ask what is a strata. Well being the kind person that I am here is the definition. Strata or stratta is a family of layered casserole dishes in American cuisine. The most common modern variant is a brunch dish, similar to a quiche or frittata, made from a mixture which mainly consists of bread, eggs and cheese.
This one includes bread, ham, eggs, spinach & cheese. Three different kinds of cheeses to be exact.
Now keep in mind that a strata must sit for several hours or overnight. This allows the eggs to soak into the bread and all the flavors to meld together.
Ham & Spinach Strata
- 1 tablespoon olive oil
- 1/2 onion chopped
- 2 cloves garlic minced
- 10–12 cups spinach
- 8 eggs
- 2 cups milk
- 1 1/2 teaspoon dill
- 2 tablespoons dijon mustard
- Salt & pepper
- 1 small whole grain baguette thinly sliced
- 1/2 lb thin sliced deli ham
- 1 cup cheddar
- 1 cup Monterey Jack
- 1/4 cup parmesan
- Heat olive oil in large skillet over medium heat. Add onion and cook 5 minutes. Add garlic and cook 1 minutes. Add as much spinach as will fit in the pan. Cook until spinach is wilted remove from heat.
- Combine eggs, milk, dill, dijon, salt and pepper in medium bowl.
- Spray 1.5 quart rectangular baking dish with non-stick cooking spray. Arrange bread slices and ham in pan in vertical slant. Using bread, ham, bread, ham etc. Spoon spinach mixture over the bread & ham. Evenly distribute both cheese over the spinach. Pour egg mixture over the top. Sprinkle with parmesan.
- Refrigerate for 2 hours or up to overnight.
- Bake at 350 degrees for 75 minutes or until puffed and set in the center. Allow to sit ten minutes before serving.
- If strata is browning too much cover with foil.