With its savory flavors, this Spinach and Cheese Strata is perfect for brunch or as a side dish. Garnish with fresh herbs for some extra flair.
- 1 pkg. (10 oz.) frozen chopped spinach, thawed, squeezed of moisture
- 3 tablespoons butter
- 1 large onion, finely chopped
- 3 large cloves garlic, finely chopped
- 1 teaspoon salt, divided
- 1/2 teaspoon ground black pepper, divided
- 8 cups cubed (1-inch) French bread, divided
- 2 cups (8 oz.) shredded Gruyère or Monterey Jack cheese, divided
- 1 cup (3 oz.) BUITONI Refrigerated Freshly Shredded Parmesan Cheese (5 oz.), divided
- 1 1/2 cups hot water
- 1 cup Original NESTLÉ COFFEE-MATE Powdered Coffee Creamer
- 9 large eggs
- 2 tablespoons Dijon mustard
GREASE 3-quart casserole dish or 13 x 9-inch baking dish.
MELT butter in large saucepan over medium-high heat. Add onion and garlic; cook, stirring frequently, for 4 to 5 minutes or until onion is soft. Add 1/2 teaspoon salt and 1/4 teaspoon pepper. Stir in spinach; remove from heat.
PLACE half of bread cubes in prepared dish. Top evenly with half of spinach mixture. Sprinkle with half of the cheeses. Repeat layering, ending with cheese.
WHISK together water and Coffee-mate in medium bowl until smooth. Whisk in eggs, mustard, remaining 1/2 teaspoon salt and remaining 1/4 teaspoon pepper. Pour evenly over strata. Cover with plastic wrap and refrigerate for 8 hours or overnight.
PREHEAT oven to 350° F. Allow strata to stand at room temperature for 30 minutes prior to baking.
BAKE, uncovered, for 45 to 50 minutes or until puffed and golden brown.
NOTE: 1 1/2 cups NESTLÉ COFFEE-MATE Original Low Fat Liquid Coffee Creamer can be used in place of 1 1/2 cups hot water and 1 cup NESTLÉ COFFEE-MATE Powdered Coffee Creamer.
Review This Recipe
This dish was delish! I served it for a champagne brunch I had for my parents and everyone raved. I substituted 1 1/2 cups of evaporated milk for the creamer and water, I added 2 cups of chopped fresh cooked broccoli, I added one diced red bell pepper and I used fresh cooked baby spinach in the place of frozen. I also used spicey monterrey jack cheese to give it a little kick. It was so good, one of the best recipes I've found on this site - and I've found many good ones.
SPINACH AND CHEESE STRATA
MADE THIS LAST WEEK AND IT WAS VERY GOOD. WILL MAKE AGAIN. GREAT WITH A LAYERED SALAD AND LIGHT GELATINE DESSERT.
Spinach and Cheese Srata
I made this for Easter morning brunch. Very tasty. Would maybe cut back a little on the french bread.
Tasty Vegetarian Brunch
I didn't have Coffee-Mate, so instead of water and Coffee-Mate, I used heated Carnation Evaporated milk in its place (1 3/4 cup). Turned out great.
Way to go!
My son does not like spinach but when I "hid" it in this strata he came back for seconds! Besides being easy to make it was wonderful getting some much needed greens into his diet. Awesome!
Very good - even for dinner
My husband and I really liked this. I made it with Monteray Jack cheese and 1 can of spinach (rather than frozen). The amount of bread cubes was a little less than one loaf of French bread. It tastes best if you don't saturate the top layer of bread cubes. Then they will add a nice crunchy texture to the dish when they are lightly browned. Serves 6 adults only if you have another side or if you aren't starving. This goes in my favorites box.
Spinach and Cheese Strata
So very delicious. I could eat this any time of the day. Even those who did not like spinach thought that it was good. I will make it more often. It makes a great meal any time of the day and you have everything that you need in 1 dish.
Spinach was great in this and so was sausage when I tried it twenty years ago. So I put them both together and that was great also. Now we have a meat lovers, vegie lovers and combo strata for any occasion. thanks!
Good Brunch Dish
This was quick to make and since it is done ahead and refrigerated, is easy to prepare when having a brunch.