Thursday, April 12, 2012

Spinach & Cheddar Strata

Every week before book club each girl typically emails around what they'll be bringing. I, of course, never know in advance but because it seemed as though a lot of people were making sweets, I wanted something savory but also quick, easily transportable and, like always, could be made out of a lot of ingredients I already had in my cabinets. Therefore I present to you, this spinach & cheddar strata. I used this Martha Stewart recipe and added caramelized red onions and a teaspoon of dijon mustard for a little kick. As with every time I cook, I learn something new...and with recipe I learned that 'strata' is Martha's fancy word for what we call a good old fashion casserole in the Midwest. Gotta love 'em. 

2 teaspoons extra-virgin olive oil
1/2 cup chopped red onions
10 ounces spinach, steamed and water removed
3 cups day-old bread cubes (~1 inch)
5 extra large eggs
1 cup whole milk
1 1/4 cups grated cheddar cheese
1 tsp dijon mustard
salt and pepper

1) Preheat oven to 400 degrees. In large skillet, heat oil over medium-high and cooked onions until soft then added steamed spinach. Remove crust from bread and cut into cubes. Spread half of the bread and spinach/onion mixture along the bottom of a greased casserole dish. 

2) In a medium bowl, whisk eggs, milk, 3/4 cup cheese and 1 teaspoon dijon mustard. Season with 1/2 teaspoon salt and 1/4 teaspoon pepper.  Pour half of mixture over bread, spinach and onions then layer in the remainder over next layer of bread/spinach/onions. Top with remaining 1/2 cup cheese. Bake for 20-25 minutes or until golden brown on top and set in middle. 


  1. Wow this looks amazing good! Great blog, want to follow each other?


  2. looks delish! Like Giada, Martha Stewart never fails in the kitchen.

  3. OOh, looks yummy! I am going to have to pin this and save it for later to try! Thank you!-Jessica



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