It’s another cold and rainy day in PA – perfect for serving up something a little more substantial for breakfast. Or brunch…or anytime of the day! I still had some bread from yesterday’s Four Cheese Spinach Bake and some leftover ham in the freezer – so a strata seemed the perfect way to use it all up! This recipe is perfect because it can be doubled or tripled – you can even bake it in individual ramekins. It’s another great way to use up leftovers!
Ham, Broccoli and Cheese Strata
1 tablespoons butter
1 cup cooked ham, cubed
1 cup cooked broccoli
1/2 small onion, chopped
1 cup shredded extra sharp cheddar cheese
2 cups bread, cut into 1-inch cubes
1 1/4 cups milk
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon pepper
pinch of ground mustard
In a small saute pan – melt butter. Add ham and onion and lightly brown. Set aside to let cool. In a medium bowl, beat eggs, milk, salt, pepper and pinch of mustard. In a buttered 8 x 8-inch baking dish, place half the bread cubes. Cover with ham, broccoli, onion and 1/2 cup of the cheese. Place the remaining bread and cheese on top. Slowly pour the egg and milk mixture over the bread cubes. Cover and refrigerate for 1 hour (you can let this sit overnight also) – until the bread soaks up all of the egg mixture. Bake in a 350 degree oven until puffy, browned and cooked through – about 40 minutes.
I consider this another “free meal” because I had all the ingredients on hand! You can definitely substitute sausage for the ham – and just about any vegetable for the broccoli. Other cheeses would work well here – maybe a nice Swiss or Gruyère. Feel free to experiment!
What are your favorite brunch recipes? Do you have any that use up leftovers? I’d love to hear from you! Enjoy!