Strata was created by a clever cook, looking for a good way to use up stale bread. Call it the Italian cousin to bread pudding or the casserole equivalent of French Toast, this rich brunch dish can go sweet or savory, so adjust your side dishes accordingly. (A simple green salad for savory, seasonal fruit salad for the sweet, for instance.) Strata is easy to prep, but it takes a little bit of time in the oven. Fortunately, they can be served piping hot or warm. For safety's sake, don't let it sit at room temp for too long, though.
On the Sweet Side
This isn't quite dessert, but a spoon full of sugar or two certainly helps chart the course to Yummy Town.
Meaty + Cheesy Strata
Are you a fan of bacon and eggs and toast? Combine all those brunch faves and you've got a savory strata, made even better by the addition of some cheese. So satisfying, you'll be fueled up for your Weekend Warrior chores, or, even better, ready to face the all-important post-brunch nap time.
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Watch this short video for great tips from Chef John on making his popular Bacon, Cheddar and Spinach Strata: