Spinach and Cheese Strata

It's freezing and all I want to do is hide away in my apartment and eat! I have absolutely no interest in the gym when it's so f'ing cold! I made this strata over the holiday break and I'm already planning the next. The possibilities for ingredients are endless and the recipe doesn't take too much time to prep. It's perfect if you're hosting a brunch or just in the mood for something other than cereal. The hubs and I ate the entire thing in one day - oops. 


  • 6-7 thick slices of Challah bread
  • 1/2 onion, diced
  • 1/2 green bell pepper, diced
  • 1 cup Vermont cheddar cheese
  • 1 cup Gruyere cheese
  • 1 cup spinach, finely chopped
  • 5 eggs plus 1 extra yolk
  • 2 cups milk
  • 1/4 tsp garlic powder
  • salt and pepper

Grease a 9x13 inch baking dish. 

Layer half of the torn bread in the bottom of the dish. Sprinkle the onions and green bell pepper evenly over the bread layer. Sprinkle with half of the cheese. Top with remaining bread pieces, then layer with the spinach and remaining cheese. 

Whisk together eggs, milk and spices and pour over the entire pan using a fork to press down, making sure everything is soaked in. 

Cover with aluminum foil, and refrigerate for 12 to 24 hours.

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees and bake covered for 35 minutes, then remove foil and bake for an additional 15 minutes, or until top is evenly brown.