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Anytime Strata with Ham and Greens

Hello and welcome to Sunday Supper! I am calling today’s recipe Anytime Strata because this strata is great for brunch, breakfast, lunch or dinner. A strata is an egg casserole, layered with meat, cheese, bread and veggies. Serve it with a a side salad to round out your meal and you’ve got a super easy, make-ahead meal. This recipe serves four, or two with leftovers. But the great thing about it is that if you’re cooking for one, this is easy meal prep to get you through the week. Let’s jump right in!

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Super Simple Prep

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F and grease an 8×8, or 9×9-inch baking dish with butter or cooking spray. I have torn, stale rustic Italian bread that loosely measures to 3.5 cups, 3/4 cup of sharp provolone, about 1 cup of torn deli-sliced ham, 1.5 cups of half and half, 6 large eggs and about 1 handful of baby kale and 2 handfuls of baby arugula. We are seasoning this Anytime Strata with a little white pepper, cayenne pepper, nutmeg and kosher salt.

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In a large bowl, whisk the eggs and add the half and half. Whisk until well combined. Season with a dash, pinch or a shake of nutmeg and white pepper; a small pinch of cayenne and a good-sized pinch of kosher salt. Don’t get hung up on the measurements. The ham and the cheese will add a ton of savory flavor, so we don’t need a ton of seasoning here. Unless you go bananas and add way too much, it’s going to be fine. Trust your intuition.

Whisk the seasoning into the egg and milk mixture. Then add the bread, ham, and cheese. Give it a good mix, separating the slices of ham so they don’t just clump up into one hunk of ham. Then add the greens and mix again to evenly distribute and coat everything in the egg mixture.

Baking the Anytime Strata

Pour the strata mixture into the prepared baking dish. Now, you can cover and refrigerate to bake later, even the next day; or you can cover and bake it now. Slide the covered baking dish into the oven on the center rack and bake covered for 35 minutes.

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Then uncover and bake for an additional 15 minutes.

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The strata should be firm-ish to the touch in the center, not super jiggly or liquid-y. It will continue to cook a bit as it sits on the counter for 15 minutes. The top layer should have some golden browning and crispy bits.

After 15 minutes, it’s time to dig in!

Such a wonderful, flavorful mix of ham and cheese, with the slightly bitter edge of the kale and arugula. The bread gives this Anytime Strata some heft, making it substantial, but not heavy. The topmost layer has some golden browning, the crispy crunchy bits add a nice texture contrast. I used sharp provolone which has a strong flavor, that really brings a lot to the overall flavor combination. If you can’t find sharp provolone, consider Gruyere or Swiss for this Anytime Strata.

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You gotta love a casserole! I like a strata because of the addition of bread – it takes an egg casserole and gives it a nice lift, both visually and in terms of making this a complete, satisfying and delicious meal. Please do make this Anytime Strata and enjoy it any time of the day! If you want to try something a little different, try Australian Zucchini Slice, it’s an incredibly flavorful, super delicious egg casserole from Down Under. Take care and be well! xo Kelly

Key Equipment

Anytime Strata

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Dinner, Main Course, Lunch, Breakfast, Brunch American
By Kelly Djalali Serves: 2-4
Prep Time: 10 Minutes Cooking Time: 50 Minutes Total Time: 1 Hour

An egg casserole, my Anytime Strata features ham, sharp provolone, greens and torn Italian bread. A perfect one dish meal for anytime of day.

Ingredients

  • Butter or cooking spray to grease the pan
  • 6 Large Eggs
  • 1.5 cups Half and Half
  • Pinch of Cayenne Pepper
  • Dash of Nutmeg
  • Dash of White Pepper
  • Pinch of Kosher Salt
  • 3.5-4 cups Torn Pieces of Rustic Bread or Baguette
  • 3/4 cup Grated Sharp Provolone Cheese
  • 1 cup Torn Pieces of Deli Sliced Ham
  • 3 handfuls total Baby Greens, like kale and/or arugula

Instructions

1

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F and grease an 8x8, or 9x9-inch baking dish with butter or cooking spray

2

In a large bowl, whisk the eggs and add the half and half. Whisk until well combined. Season with a dash, pinch or a shake of nutmeg and white pepper; a small pinch of cayenne and a good-sized pinch of kosher salt.

3

Whisk the seasoning into the egg and milk mixture. Then add the bread, ham, and cheese. Give it a good mix, separating the slices of ham so they don't just clump up into one hunk of ham. Then add the greens and mix again to evenly distribute and coat everything in the egg mixture.

4

Pour the strata mixture into the prepared baking dish. Now, you can cover and refrigerate to bake later, even the next day; or you can cover and bake it now. Slide the covered baking dish into the oven on the center rack and bake covered for 35 minutes.

5

Then uncover and bake for an additional 15 minutes.

6

The strata should be firm-ish to the touch in the center, not super jiggly or liquid-y. It will continue to cook a bit as it sits on the counter for 15 minutes. The top layer should have some golden browning and crispy bits.

7

After its 15 minute rest, it's time to dig in!

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  • Terry
    September 25, 2022 at 10:29 am

    Good morning 🌞🌻🌼 this looks really good I will be making it. You know I will keep you posted have a great Sunday ❤️🤗 mom

    • Kelly Djalali
      September 25, 2022 at 10:49 am

      Have a great Sunday, Mom! xo Kelly

  • Mari
    September 25, 2022 at 1:19 pm

    I love a good strata and I especially love it for holiday breakfasts with a fruit cup. You really can eat them for any occasion, although we like them on a morning when a big meal coming later in the day. I really like tossing it together the day before and then popping it in the oven the next morning. It’s hearty enough to keep everyone full and happy until the main event. You can literally use anything in one of these. Ham or sausage or bacon are the usual suspects around here. I had to pick up yet another grocery order again today. It’s overcast but the sun is peeping out, and if it weren’t for the humidity, 60 degrees would definitely feel like fall is almost here. Happy sweet unsizzling Sunday to my Djalalis and Terry. Have a great week everybody! 😊🍁🥸. Thanks for reminding me why I like today’s recipe. The last time we had one was Christmas last year. It’s time to make one again.

    • Kelly Djalali
      September 25, 2022 at 2:09 pm

      Hi Mari, I agree, a strata is prefect for holiday morning breakfast. Have a great Sunday, surely you will be feeling the fall temperatures soon! xo Kelly

  • Sally Burke
    September 25, 2022 at 7:53 pm

    Hi Kelly
    I have not heard of this dish before, sure would be filling but I bet it is delicious. Thanks for mentioning us down under regarding the Zucchini Slice. One question, does the Strata freeze well? I guess if I make it I can cut down the ingredients.
    Happy cooking 🧑‍🍳
    Sally 🤗

    • Kelly Djalali
      September 26, 2022 at 8:24 am

      Hi Sally, This strata recipe is great for two people with a slice each leftover. I haven’t tried to freeze a strata before, but I bet it would freeze well, especially if you parbake it. I’d maybe bake it for 20-30 minutes and then let it cool completely, then freeze it. Then bake it from frozen for 30-40 minutes. Worth a try! Let me know how it goes! xo Kelly

  • Sally Burke
    September 27, 2022 at 3:07 am

    Hi Kelly, thank you for the advice 😘