Some friends stayed over at our place Friday, and as we had a busy day planned Saturday, I wanted to make a hearty breakfast, but still keep it simple. Strata is a great way to do this. Strata is a savory bread pudding, and, like quiche (which is another post), it is infinitely flexible. This version used grilled chicken, but it is great with bacon, ham, sausage, ground meat, or even just vegetables. I usually use onion, garlic, and peppers. It's one of the reasons to keep old bread.
Grilled Chicken Strata
1 cup diced grilled chicken
2 1/2 dried bread cubes
3 cherry peppers, diced
1/2 large white onion, diced
1/2 cup shredded cheddar cheese
1/2 cup shredded mozzarella cheese
2 cups milk
1 tbsp. prepared spicy brown mustard
1 tsp. kosher salt
Pre-heat oven to 350 degrees.
In a well greased 8 inch glass or ceramic baking dish, scatter bread cubes. Distribute chicken, onion, and peppers over bread cubes.
In a bowl, whisk together eggs, milk, mustard, and salt. Gently pour over bread cubes. Spread cheese over the top. Bake until custard is set, and cheese is melted, about 40 minutes.