Egg Strata Recipe with Artichokes and Goat Cheese

Breakfast Strata

I love recipes that can be made ahead and this artichoke cheese strata qualifies! Perfect for brunch or a light supper, this one always seems so elegant, perhaps because of the artichokes. But when it comes to simple, this egg strata recipe can’t be beat!

Breakfast strata with artichokes and goat cheese

 

 

I love a good egg strata recipe and I have several I rely on for easy suppers or an easy breakfast/brunch.

This one seems a bit dressed up, perhaps because of the marinated artichoke hearts and goat’s cheese that puts this into the decadent category.

With Mother’s Day right around the corner, I figured this would be a good one to try on Manservant-but I guess it should be the other way around, right?

In any case he did like it which is a good thing, because I love recipes with artichokes!

breakfast strata recipe

Before we get into the particulars of this strata, who remembers what a strata is?

Turns out I’ve been making them for years, but always called them overnight egg casseroles or savory bread puddings. 

It is all those things, because a strata is a layered combination of bread, cheese, meat and vegetables, that have been doused with a mixture of milk and eggs. 

See what I mean?

A strata is just a fancy name for an egg casserole!

Well, it turns out I have a few here at TIHIC and I love everyone of them.

Perfect for easy mornings. Rolling out of bed never seems so tough when you have this waiting to put in the oven!

The fun thing about making this strata, or  any other strata, is that ingredients can be changed easily.

Don’t like goat’s cheese? Make it boursin. Because who doesn’t like garlic, herby Boursin? 

Breakfast Strata

Sourdough isn’t your thing? Use challah.

And this egg strata recipe would work with both. The sourdough makes this a very sturdy casserole and if you’d like one with a softer texture, the challah would be appropriate.

I also think sauteed mushrooms would be delicious in this, so if you love mushrooms, feel free to add some in. Likewise, red peppers.

One other thing I’ve learned about making this fun egg concoction is that if you feel the bread isn’t being soaked through enough, add  more milk or cream to the baking dish.

Sometimes different sized baking dishes require more liquid. I even have a salami strata that uses wine. So if you like wine, I can tell you it would have fit right in this artichoke dish.

And just in case you need to know, my Pinterest followers love this breakfast strata a lot!

Piece of artichoke breakfast strata

Another tip is to make sure the bread is submerged into the milk/egg mixture. 

I always cover the baking dish with plastic wrap and carefully make sure the bread is pressed into it. Watch for overflow!

Once it’s covered, place it in the fridge overnight. You want to give the bread a chance to really soak up all the liquid.

That’s about it in the strata department. I think any mom who loves artichokes and cheese would be pleasantly surprised to wake up to this!

Mother’s Day holds many fond memories for me. Manservant and the kids always gave me breakfast in bed on a very special tray that was given to me by Ilse, my grandfather’s wife.

Artichoke Bread Pudding

The tray always contained Manservant’s special omelette, a fruit bowl with yogurt and toast. Bacon, too. And the newspaper along with special cards and the only tulip that was remaining in the front yard.

We often went on a bike ride or planted flowers, but we always did something together. I remember. Don’t think I don’t.

It’s different now with the kids gone, but Manservant still gives it his all.

Today I’m feeling a bit sad because today I’m taking apart Zoe’s room. Essentially, I’m taking apart her twin bed and replacing it with a queen.

Doesn’t seem like much but it will mean taking out the tree over her bed and changing out her pretty floral bedding and taking the desk out which contains her mementos.

Artichoke Goat Cheese Breakfast Strata Recipe

Bittersweet it is, as that room was my comfort zone. It was where I could go for a peaceful moment and remember fondly  the times when my kids were young.

But now it’s time to look ahead as to what that new room may hold. A new son-in-law, perhaps one day a grandchild. Ouch!

I’m not sure I like the idea of being a mother-in-law! 

Well there is at least one thing I’m sure of.  I love a good egg strata recipe!

Need More Breakfast Strata Recipe Ideas?

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Artichoke Bread Pudding

Egg Strata Recipe with Artichokes and Goat Cheese

  • Author: Abbe Odenwalder
  • Prep Time: 20 Minutes
  • Cook Time: 60 Minutes
  • Total Time: 60 Minutes
  • Yield: 6 - 8 Servings 1x
  • Category: Breakfast/Brunch
  • Method: Baking
  • Cuisine: American

Description

This simple breakfast casserole with goat cheese and artichokes is perfect for brunch or supper!


Ingredients

Scale

1/2 lb loaf of sourdough, challah or other bread with crusts from the sturdy breads removed

12 oz marinated artichoke hearts, drained with 3 T of marinade reserved

2 t minced fresh thyme or 1 t dried

1 bunch scallions, minced

3 plump garlic cloves, sliced and toasted in the oven with the bread

3/4 lb (12 oz) fresh goat cheese

3/4 c freshly grated parmesan

45 large eggs

1 1/4 c half and half or milk

1 t salt

3/4 t fresh pepper

2 T olive oil or garlic olive oil


Instructions

Preheat oven to 400 degrees.

Oil or butter an 8 x 10 baking dish.

Slice bread into 1″ cubes. Transfer to a baking sheet and toast with the garlic cloves for about 20 minutes, stirring once or twice, until lightly golden and somewhat crisp.

Slice the artichoke hearts about 1/3″ thick. Mix with thyme, scallions, and garlic in a small bowl.

Make two or three layers of the bread, cheese and artichoke mixture in the baking dish.

Whisk the eggs, 1/2 1nd 1/2 or milk, salt , pepper and reserved artichoke marinade. Pour the custard over the bread mixture.

Drizzle with olive oil.

Cover with plastic wrap and press down on surface so bread is submerged. Cover and refrigerate for at least two hours and up to overnight. Before baking remove from fridge and let come to room temperature for 20-30 minutes before baking.

Preheat oven to 350. Bake the strata for 50 to 60 minutes, until puffed and golden and lightly set in the center. Serve hot.

 


Notes

Using a softer bread such as challah will create a creamier texture.

Never worry about adding another beaten egg or more milk to the casserole dish, if mixture seems to dry.

Keywords: egg strata, strata recipes, strata, recipes for artichoke hearts

 

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  • mjskitchen
    May 11, 2021 at 4:31 pm

    Well slap me silly! I can’t believe I’ve never made a strata! Love them, but have never made one. I just happen to have a friend coming to stay for a couple of days who, live me, loves sourdough and anything made with bread. This is going to make a wonderful breakfast for us! Thanks!

  • gloria Roa Baker
    May 8, 2021 at 8:47 pm

    This looks wonderful, Abbe, so delicious!

  • Healthy World Cuisine
    May 8, 2021 at 2:54 pm

    Happy Mother’s Day Abbe! Love the idea of artichokes and goat cheese. Now this is one fancy brunch. Enjoy your weekend!

  • Chef Mimi
    May 8, 2021 at 8:37 am

    This looks fabulous! I am surprised about the marinated artichokes… very intriguing! Have a wonderful Mother’s Day!

    • Abbe
      May 10, 2021 at 5:52 pm

      I was too Mimi! But the recipe needs the moisture and they add flavor!Thanks!

  • angiesrecipes
    May 6, 2021 at 8:38 pm

    Is strata same as bread pudding? Love both eggs and goat cheese…bet this tastes amazing, Abbe.

    • Abbe
      May 7, 2021 at 6:56 am

      Most definitely! but here in the States we tend to think of bread pudding as sweet, but it sure doesn’t have to be!

  • John / Kitchen Riffs
    May 6, 2021 at 3:50 pm

    I’m all for anything with artichoke in it. Love ’em! Love eggs and overnight casseroles too, no matter what they’re called. This looks terrific — thanks. Hope you have a wonderful Mother’s Day!

  • Holly
    May 6, 2021 at 3:14 pm

    I hope you have a very Happy Mother’s Day! Raising twins should earn you a twice a year Mother’s Day. I don’t know how you did it! This strata sounds like a great way to start the day.