This delicious Bacon & Egg Strata is the comfort food of breakfast.
There’s just something about a strata. As much as a bread pudding is the comfort food of desserts, a strata is the comfort food of breakfast.
Because we have chickens here on the homestead, we always have a supply of fresh, pastured eggs.
Of course, I do sell eggs to those who would like to purchase my excess, but the primary reason for raising pastured chickens is to have our own supply of healthy, fresh eggs. This recipe is a great way to put some of them to use.
Although this is a “breakfast or brunch” recipe, we will often have recipes like this a couple times a week for supper. And there’s nothing wrong with that.
- 4 - 5 slices bacon, cut into 1/2 inch pieces
- 1 Tb all-purpose flour
- 1/2 c chicken broth
- 6 eggs
- 3/4 c half & half
- 1/4 c freshly grated Parmesan cheese
- 1/2 tsp sea salt
- 1/2 tsp freshly ground black pepper
- 1 tsp dry basil
- 1/2 tsp garlic paste
- 1 loaf (16 oz.) of crusty bread, such as ciabatta bread, French bread, or a baguette
- 4 oz. Swiss cheese, cut into 1/2 inch cubes
- To begin, preheat your oven to 350 degrees.
- In a 10 inch cast iron skillet (or other oven-safe skillet), saute the bacon pieces over medium low heat until the bacon is golden and crisp.
- With a slotted spoon, scoop the cooked bacon to a plate lined with paper towels, leaving the drippings in the skillet.
- To the drippings, whisk in the flour and cook for 1 minute over medium-low heat.
- Whisk in the chicken broth. Stirring continually, cook until the broth begins to bubble and the sauce thickens. Remove from heat and set aside for a moment.
- In a mixing bowl, beat the eggs and half & half together until frothy. Add in the Parmesan cheese, salt, black pepper, garlic paste and basil. Stir this together.
- While whisking briskly, pour the thickened sauce from the skillet into the egg mixture and combine well. Set it aside a moment.
- Wipe your skillet clean with a paper towel.
- Take your loaf of bread and cut or tear it into half inch slices or torn pieces and layer this all inside the skillet, filling the skillet evenly. If you are slicing the bread, you can layer it in a nice pattern, but this will taste fantastic whether you take that extra step or not. Just make sure the bread is evenly distributed in the skillet.
- Sprinkle the cooked bacon all over the top.
- Pour the egg mixture over all of it.
- Top with the diced Swiss cheese.
- Bake this for 25-30 minutes or until the center of the strata is set and puffy.
If you do not have garlic paste, you can substitute one clove of garlic that is grated with a micro-plane or very finely minced OR use 1/4 tsp. garlic powder instead.
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 776 Total Fat: 24g Saturated Fat: 10g Trans Fat: 0g Unsaturated Fat: 12g Cholesterol: 227mg Sodium: 1669mg Carbohydrates: 102g Fiber: 5g Sugar: 12g Protein: 35g