This is one of my favorite dishes for a super easy winter brunch. It is basically a savory bread pudding loaded with spinach, sausage, and cheese with a crispy crouton-like top. The strata is assembled the day before, allowing for a leisurely morning while it bakes. Oh, and it is a great use for leftover soon-to-be-stale bread. I pre-cut my bread ends and store them in the freezer until there are enough to make the strata. The recipe is loosely based on a spinach strata recipe from Smitten Kitchen. I doubled the spinach (no one complained), added turkey sausage, swapped out the white bread for a whole wheat bread with seeds and grains for extra texture, and used my family’s favorite extra sharp white cheddar.
Serve with a salad for a delicious, easy brunch with friends. Recipe serves 8.
The day or night before:
The next day:
Nutrition Information: Yield: 8
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 513
Nutrition information (per serving, assuming 1% milk):
- 513 calories
- 2 g added sugar (from the bread)
- 3 g fiber (from the spinach, bread, and onion)
- 32 g protein (from the cheese, egg and sausage)