Breakfast strata

Breakfast Strata

This is so easy, goes together in 10 minutes and you use whatever you can find in the fridge. It’s great for leftovers and provides a beautiful breakfast / brunch for 6. Served with a salad it can easily go to lunch. For Christmas / Boxing Day it can be made the day before, up to the cooking and just popped into the oven and you have a really easy, yet impressive breakfast.

It keeps well and slices can be reheated the following day.



  • 6 large eggs, duck eggs are perfect
  • 2 cups kefir or 1/2 cup cream and 1 1/2 cups milk
  • 1/4 tsp ground nutmeg
  • 1/4 tsp cayenne pepper
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1/2 tsp pepper
  • 1 cup (packed) greens, eg spinach, kale, zucchini- all chopped
  • 3 stems spring onion, sliced (optional)
  • 1 cup ham or bacon (cooked), chopped into 2cm chunks
  • 2 1/2 cups bread torn into 2cm chunks, can also be croissants (about 3 depending on size), bread rolls, sourdough
  • 3/4 cup grated cheese (split into 2 portions)
  • Handful of parmesan (optional)


  1. Preheat the oven to 180C. Grease a 2 litre casserole dish or spring form pan.
  2. Whisk the eggs, kefir, nutmeg, cayenne, salt and pepper in a large glass jug (it helps to have one with a measure on the side so you can check the quantity will fit into the baking dish).
  3. Fold in the greens, meat, bread and 1/2 cup of the cheese and pour into the greased baking dish.
  4. Top with the remaining cheese and a handful of parmesan
  5. (optional – you can let sit for an hour or it can be left in the fridge overnight, brought to room temperature while the oven is heating, and cooked)

    Breakfast Strata ready to go in the oven

    Breakfast Strata ready to go in the oven

  6. Cover with foil and bake for 35 minutes. Uncover and bake until it has puffed and browned. Rotate it during cooking. This will take about 20 minutes.
  7. Allow to set for about 10 minutes before serving.
  8. If it has been cooked in a spring form pan it can be opened up and served on a platter.
Slice of Breakfast Strata

Slice of Breakfast Strata