Quick Strata

Quick strata recipe

The Spruce / Victoria Heydt

Prep: 10 mins
Cook: 20 mins
Total: 30 mins
Servings: 8 servings
Nutrition Facts (per serving)
417 Calories
23g Fat
28g Carbs
23g Protein
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Nutrition Facts
Servings: 8
Amount per serving
Calories 417
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 23g 30%
Saturated Fat 14g 68%
Cholesterol 170mg 57%
Sodium 655mg 28%
Total Carbohydrate 28g 10%
Dietary Fiber 2g 8%
Protein 23g
Calcium 475mg 37%
*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a food serving contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.
(Nutrition information is calculated using an ingredient database and should be considered an estimate.)

Perfect for breakfast, lunch, brunch or even dinner, this savory bread pudding goes together fast and is packed with flavor.

Using eggs, bread, and cheese as a base also makes it relatively inexpensive. Experiment with other breads and/or cheeses for taste variations. The strata can also be baked in a rectangular glass baking dish rather than pie plates if you prefer.

This recipe is included in "Southern Living: The Half-Hour Hostess," from Rebecca Kracke Gordon.


  • 7 ciabatta bread slices (3/4-inch thick)
  • 5 large eggs
  • 1/2 cup whipping cream
  • 1/2 cup half-and-half
  • 1/2 cup onion (pre-chopped, frozen or refrigerated)
  • 8 ounces Mexican four-cheese blend (shredded)
  • 8 ounces Monterey Jack cheese (shredded)
  • 1 (4.5 ounce) can chopped green chilies (drained)
  • 1 (2-ounce) jar diced pimiento (drained)

Steps to Make It

  1. Gather the ingredients.

    Ingredients for quick strata
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  2. Tear the bread into bite-size pieces to equal 6 cups, firmly packed. 

    Tear bread up
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  3. Combine the eggs, whipping cream, half-and-half, onion, Mexican cheese, Monterey Jack cheese, chilies, and pimiento in a large bowl.

    Combine eggs
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  4. Gently stir in the bread pieces.

    Gently stir in pieces
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  5. Pour the bread mixture into lightly greased 9-inch-deep pie plates. 

    Pour bread mixture into pan
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  6. Bake at 425 F for 20 to 22 minutes or until browned and set. Serve immediately.

    Strata baked
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Recipe Tips

  • Fry up some crisp bacon or Canadian bacon, add hash browns, and toasted English muffins or whole wheat bread. Add some seasonal fruit salad on the side, fresh-squeezed orange juice and rich, steaming coffee, espresso or lattes.
  • If it's brunch, serve mimosas or bloody marys instead of juice for a little glam and substitute a vegetable casserole for the fruit salad if you'd like a bit more heft.
  • If you are serving these savory strata for dinner, keep the bacon or Canadian bacon on the menu. Substitute a rich, cheesy potato casserole for the hash browns and add a green vegetable like steamed green beans or broccoli with simple salt-and-pepper seasoning so the vegetable doesn't compete with the main dish.