Broccoli Cheddar Strata with Pancetta Recipe

Difficulty: Easy | Total Time: ~2 hours + at least 4 hours resting time in the fridge | Active Time: | Makes: 6 servings

We recently attended “Frittatas, Stratas and More” at Williams-Sonoma and had strata for the first time I can recall. Their recipe for Strata with Asparagus, Sausage and Fontina was really good, but I wanted to try my own version at home—and didn’t need to serve 12 people (16 eggs, 6 cups of milk, 4 cups of cheese)! So I pared down their recipe and used different meats and vegetables to make it my own. Just baked it first thing this morning and we each had two portions. What a tasty way to start the day! I prepped this yesterday morning and left it in the fridge to bake today.

  • 8 eggs
  • 2 cups milk (I used 1% Simply Smart)
  • 1/4 cup heavy cream
  • 1 cup shredded cheddar + additional cheese to sprinkle on top (I used Cabot's Seriously Sharp)
  • 2 teaspoons Penzey's Sunny Paris seasoning
  • 6 slices ciabatta, cubed
  • 1 small bunch of broccoli (maybe a quarter pound or so), cut into 1-inch pieces
  • 1 quarter-pound pancetta, sliced thin and cut into strips
  • 1 shallot, chopped
  • 4 oz. white mushrooms (about 6 mushrooms)
  1. Beat eggs and milk in a large bowl.
  2. Add shredded cheese and Sunny Paris.
  3. Stir ciabatta cubes into egg mixture.
  4. Steam broccoli for approximately 2 minutes, then set aside.
  5. Sautée pancetta in small amount of olive oil. Add shallots and continue to sautée until they are somewhat golden.
  6. Add mushrooms and continue to cook for a few minutes till mushrooms are no longer white.
  7. Stir pancetta/shallot/mushroom mixture into egg/bread mixture, then add broccoli.
  8. Pour ingredients into a buttered 9" square baking dish. Sprinkle top of strata with additional shredded cheddar (I used less than 1/4 cup)—just a touch!
  9. Refrigerate for at least four hours or overnight.
  10. Bake at 350 degrees F for approximately 50 minutes or till top is lightly golden and eggs are set.
  11. Let stand 10 minutes prior to serving.

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