Italian Vegetable Strata

by Kelli H. on December 12, 2011

You might be wondering what you’re looking at. I’d explain it to you as an incredibly hearty, cheesy dish. I make this recipe once a year. It’s a bit time consuming so I usually make it on a Sunday night. It’s pretty dang simple so don’t let the time consuming part scare you away — it’s worth the extra time! Your family will thank you for putting in the effort.

If you’re not sure what strata is, in its basic form; eggs, bread, and cheese. I believe it’s usually considered a brunch dish, but this is so good as a dinner. Meat and vegetables are sometimes mixed in. This is a meat free strata though. Yay! I love eating vegetarian! It’s so much cheaper. Need to save money on your food expenses? Eat veggie!

Italian Vegetable Strata
Adapted by Cooking Pleasures

3 carrots, thinly sliced
3 small zucchini, sliced
1 large onion, chopped
2 cloves garlic, minced
1 Tablespoon olive oil
3 slices bread, cut into 1-inch pieces
1/2 cup milk
1 (14 oz) can artichoke hearts, drained & sliced 1/4 inch thick
2 cups Monterey Jack or mozzarella cheese
4 eggs, beaten
1/2 teaspoon dried Italian seasoning
4 Tablespoons panko

1. Heat oven to 350 degrees. Cook carrots in boiling water for 4 to 6 minutes or until tender. Drain and cool.
2. Saute zucchini, onion, and garlic in a large skillet for about 4-6 minutes or until tender. Remove from heat.
3. In a medium bowl, combine bread and milk to moisten the bread.
4. In a large bowl, combine carrots, zucchini, onion, garlic, artichoke hearts, 1/2 cup cheese, eggs, and Italian seasoning. Stir in soaked bread.
5. Spray a large casserole dish with nonstick spray; sprinkle 2 tablespoons of panko on the bottom. Spoon in egg mixture and top with remaining cheese and panko.
6. Bake 50-60 minutes or until a toothpick comes out clean.

{ 5 comments… read them below or add one }

Jay December 12, 2011 at 11:41 am

wow…looks tooooooooooo delicious..;)
Tasty Appetite

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Kim @ Eat, Live, and Blog December 12, 2011 at 5:34 pm

I never had strata before but it its mainly egg, bread and cheese, I would love to try it!! It sounds fantastic!

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{JANE} December 12, 2011 at 9:36 pm

holy yum. this sounds fantastic.

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Maren December 12, 2011 at 9:41 pm

Oh my gosh, my mom’s famous egg casserole I think is a strata. And they are sooooooo good!

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Kathryn @ Flopoodle December 13, 2011 at 7:51 pm

This is right up my alley! Thanks for posting!

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