As promised, here is the recipe for the strata I made on Christmas morning. You’ll see why I named this post “Special Occasion Strata” once you read the ingredients. Healthy buzzwords need not apply! ;)
I was inspired by a cheesy rice casserole recipe my mom sometimes makes for special occasions and/or holidays. It is definitely a family favorite. It’s also absolutely sinful due to the cheese content alone, and it doesn’t even end there, so we all consider it a rare treat. Being that I needed both a rare treat and a breakfast recipe, however, I decided to strata-fy the rich flavors into a dish appropriate for Christmas morning.
Chili Cheese Strata
- 12 oz bread, cut into 1-inch cubes
- 1/2 lb cheddar cheese, shredded
- 1/2 lb jack cheese, shredded
- 8 eggs
- 3 cups milk
- 1 cup sour cream
- 1 4oz can diced green chilis
- salt and pepper to taste
- Prepare a 9x13 baking dish with nonstick cooking spray.
- Spread bread out to cover the bottom of the dish. It’s ok if it doesn’t fit into a single layer.
- Sprinkle cheeses evenly over the bread. Set aside.
- In a large bowl, whisk eggs together with milk, sour cream and chilis until evenly combined. Add salt and pepper, if desired.
- Pour egg mixture over bread and cheese. Cover and refrigerate overnight.
- Allow the strata to stand at room temperature for 30 minutes before baking, if possible.
- Bake at 350* for one hour, or until thoroughly cooked through and solid. The top should be slightly browned and bubbling a bit.
- Remove from oven and let sit for 10 minutes or so to set and “un-puff” a little. Slice into squares and serve.
So often my recipes are decently tasty (at least to me, obviously), but to be honest, they’re also often one-offs. When it comes to deciding what to eat, I almost always want to either try a new recipe or come up with a new one of my own. This strata, on the other hand, is definitely a keeper that I will store in my growing I'm-an-adult arsenal of crowd-pleasing recipes.
What’s your favorite reliable recipe to make when you have company?