Breakfast Strata Casserole Recipe with Broccoli & Monterey Jack Cheese

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There are many different kinds of breakfast casseroles, such as quiches, frittattas, omelets, and stratas.  The variance between them is the amount of eggs and ingredients used to create different textures. A strata is made from an egg, bread, and cheese base. It gets puffy and large when baked.

To make this strata recipe, prepare the ingredients the night before. Then bake it in the oven for appx. 1 hour the next morning.


  • 12 thick slices of day-old hearty bread (like French or Italian)
  • 1 lb. fresh broccoli florets, blanched and drained well
  • 2 C Monterey Jack cheese, shredded
  • 1 C onion, diced fine
  • 4 egg whites
  • 2 whole eggs
  • 1/2 C grated Parmesan cheese, divided
  • 2 Tbsp. Dijon mustard
  • 1 garlic clove, minced
  • 1 tsp. salt
  • 1/4 tsp. pepper
  • 2 C milk


Prepare a square 9-inch casserole dish by spraying with non-stick cooking spray or coating with butter.

Layer ingredients in the following order: 4 slices bread, 1/3 broccoli, 1/3 Monterey Jack cheese, and 1/3 onion. Repeat layers two more times.

In separate bowl, whisk together the egg whites, whole eggs, 1/4 C Parmesan cheese, mustard, garlic, salt, and pepper. Then, slowly pour in and whisk milk. Pour milk mixture over the layers in the casserole dish. Top casserole with remaining 1/4 C Parmesan cheese. Cover with tin foil and refrigerate for at least 3 hours, but can refrigerate up to a full day or overnight.

On the morning after, preheat oven to 350 degrees. Place covered casserole dish in preheated oven and bake for 45 minutes. Uncover casserole and continue baking for 15 to 20 minutes more, or until casserole browns around the edges and center is solid.


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