Spinach Cheese Strata - Retro Recipe Box (2024)

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Spinach Cheese Strata is a flavorful casserole made with layers of bread, spinach, cheese, and a rich egg custard. This retro recipe for strata has been a favorite in our home for over 35 years! This vegetarian strata recipe is so easy to make, and is delicious for dinner, or even brunch!

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Spinach Cheese Strata

This is a great casserole recipe if you have some day old bread to use up, or just want to try something different. There is a lot of flavor in this strata recipe!

Cheese Spinach Strata is a great brunch recipe, and also makes a nice vegetarian dinner recipe option.

What is Strata?

  • Strata is plural for stratum (a layer). It means multi-layered.
  • In the world of food it means a layered casserole, most often using bread for the layers, but could be potatoes, etc.

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The Best Bread to Use for Strata

  • The best bread to use for a strata recipe is what you have on hand!
  • If you are going to go out and buy some, French bread, thinly sliced is great. Day old is best.
  • I like plain old white bread as well. It is really soft so it has a pleasant texture in the casserole.
  • I haven't made this strata recipe with gluten free or wheat bread. I think if you like the bread, you will like the resulting strata.

How to Make Strata

This Spinach Cheese Strata is very simple to make. Here are the steps:
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Resting/Soaking

Ideally the strata will rest in the fridge for 1 hour prior to baking so the bread soaks up the milk and egg mixture. If you can't wait an hour, try to at least let it sit a few minutes. The bread being saturated is the key to the puffy, golden results from baking.

The Best Cheese to Use for Strata

I prefer Swiss. A lot of the flavor in this recipe will come from the cheese, so you want to use one that is flavorful and melts nicely.
I have tried other cheeses and like provolone, Monterey jack, and Gruyere. A blend is also nice. But Swiss is my favorite!

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If you make this yummy strata recipe, please leave a comment with a star rating below. I'd like to know how you liked it!

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Spinach Cheese Strata

Spinach Cheese Strata is a casserole made with layers of bread, spinach, cheese, and a rich egg custard. This strata recipe is so easy to make, and is delicious!

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Course: casseroles

Cuisine: American, Italian-American

Keyword: egg recipe, vegetarian dinner

Prep Time: 20 minutes minutes

Cook Time: 45 minutes minutes

Soaking/Resting Time: 1 hour hour 10 minutes minutes

Total Time: 2 hours hours 15 minutes minutes

Servings: 4 - 6

Calories: 388kcal

Author: Sandy Clifton

Equipment

  • 8"x8" Baking Dish

  • Frying Pan

Ingredients

  • 2 Tablespoons Butter divided
  • 8 slices White Bread or thinly sliced French bread
  • 1 small Sweet Onion diced
  • 1 Tablespoon Olive Oil
  • 1 10-ounce pkg Frozen Chopped Spinach thawed, water squeezed out
  • 1 teaspoon Dried Dill Weed
  • 1 ¼ teaspoons Kosher Salt divided
  • ¼ teaspoon Black Pepper
  • 6 oz Shredded Swiss Cheese 1 ½ cups, divided
  • 3 large Eggs
  • 2 cups Milk
  • ¼ cup Parmesan Cheese grated or shredded

Instructions

  • Butter an 8"x8" baking dish with half of the butter.

  • Place 4 slices of the bread in the bottom of the baking dish in one layer.

  • Heat a frying pan over med-high heat. When it is hot, add the remaining 1 Tablespoon of butter and the olive oil. Then add the onion and cook, stirring occasionally, until there is some slight browning on the onion, and it is soft and translucent.

  • Add the spinach, dill weed, salt, and pepper to the frying pan. Mix well to combine and remove from heat.

  • Spread the spinach mixture evenly over the slices of bread in the baking dish.

  • Sprinkle 1 cup of the shredded Swiss cheese evenly over the spinach mixture.

  • Arrange the remaining 4 bread slices over in one layer.

  • In a 4-cup measuring glass or bowl, beat the eggs, milk, and ¼ teaspoon salt together well.

  • Pour the egg mixture over the bread evenly.

  • Sprinkle on the remaining Swiss cheese and the parmesan cheese.

  • Let sit in the fridge for 1 hour or longer before baking, if possible, so the bread soaks up the egg/milk mixture. See Notes.

  • Heat oven to 375° F.

  • Bake, uncovered for 35-45 minutes or until the strata is puffed up and golden in color. If it is browning too quickly, cover loosely with foil that has been sprayed with cooking spray.

  • Remove to a wire rack. Let stand 10 minutes before serving.

Notes

Resting/Soaking

Ideally the strata will rest in the fridge for 1 hour prior to baking so the bread soaks up the milk and egg mixture. If you can't wait an hour, try to at least let it sit a few minutes. The bread being saturated is the key to the puffy, golden results from baking.

Nutrition

Calories: 388kcal

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  1. Sara says

    Spinach Cheese Strata - Retro Recipe Box (11)
    I can’t believe how tasty this was! I’ll make a pan for my husband when he gets back from deployment.

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