Baking a breakfast casserole is always easier than anything else. My Veggie Breakfast Strata is loaded with kale, tomatoes, eggs, and cheese for a well-rounded, hearty first meal! I use store-bought biscuits to add some bulk to this dish, which sends it over the top. Your whole family will love this simple, yet elegant brunch delight!
It's almost Christmas time!
Have you ever woken up on Christmas morning to open gifts, only to realize you have nothing for breakfast and all the grocery stores are closed? The joy of Christmas then turns into a struggle!
There's nothing better than having easy breakfast casserole recipes ready to go for the holidays. You can prep the ingredients beforehand so that it is simple to assemble and throw in the oven whenever the family is hungry.
A Veggie Breakfast Strata is the perfect answer to feeding your family on Christmas morning! Not only is this casserole eggy, silky, and light, but is green and red! A perfect celebration of color during the holidays.
Instead of using day-old bread like many strata recipes, I use organic canned biscuits to soak up the savory egg custard. Then I layer in tons of kale and tomatoes before topping with shredded sharp cheddar cheese.
This savory bread pudding will be your new obsession! Plus, you can add or omit any ingredients you like! If your family likes bacon, you can add that to the casserole. Load up on even more veggies if you like. The possibilities are endless!
A strata is an Italian version of bread pudding. They are often savory, made with spices such as paprika, mustard, cayenne, and garlic. You will find fresh herbs, spinach, and other greens or vegetables inside.
Another main characteristic of strata is the bread. Like traditional bread pudding, bread is tossed in an egg custard before baking. You can use day-old bread, your favorite bakery bread, or canned biscuits, like me!
You will often find stratas referred to as savory, and there are so many options! You can make breakfast, lunch, or dinner stratas using your favorite various ingredients.
This Veggie Breakfast Strata is perfect for the holidays. Feel free to make a corned beef hash strata around March, or pumpkin strata in the Fall!
To start, simply lightly grease a medium baking dish (9 x 13″) with butter or cooking spray and pre-heat your oven to 400 degrees Fahrenheit.
In a large bowl, whisk together the eggs, milk, and herbs + seasonings. Set aside.
If using store-bought biscuits, remove from the can and cut each biscuit dough into 4 triangular pieces until all pieces are cut.
Add your biscuits pieces into the baking dish and spread around evenly then pour the batter mixture atop pieces. NOTE: It's OK if biscuits float to the top at this point.
Next, add the following: chopped spinach, kale, cheddar cheese, and roasted tomatoes. For an extra layer, you can add additional cheese, if desired.
Bake the strata for 20 minutes (while loosely covering with foil), then remove foil and continue baking for the remaining 25 minutes or until edges are golden brown (or slightly dark brown, if preferred) and the center is set.
Remove from oven and let it rest for 10 minutes before slicing and serving.
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