This dish is PERFECT to prepare ahead of time and pop in the oven on mornings that you don’t want to get up and cook a big breakfast (I’m looking at you New Year’s Day). We prepared this on Christmas Eve, and put it in the oven Christmas morning on our way downstairs to open presents and OH MY YUM, it was so good! I discovered this recipe in the December 2017 issue of the Alabama Cattlemen magazine. You can check them out at www.bamabeef.org. There are also tons of awesome beef recipes on www.beefitswhatsfordinner.com.
Beefy Breakfast Strata
1lb. Lean Ground Beef
1 medium-size yellow onion, chopped
2 cloves garlic, minced
1 teaspoon dried Italian seasoning
1 (5- or 6-oz.) package fresh baby spinach
2 tablespoons balsamic vinegar
3 Roma tomatoes, seeded and chopped
1 teaspoon salt, divided
½ teaspoon pepper, divided
2 cups 1% low-fat milk
6 large eggs
8 cups French bread cubes (use slightly stale bread, or toast until golden brown before adding to strata.)
1 ½ cups shredded Parmesan cheese
- Heat a large nonstick skillet over medium heat until hot. Add ground beef, onion, garlic, and Italian seasoning, and cook over medium heat 8 to 10 minutes, breaking up beef into small crumbles and stirring occasionally. Pour off drippings, if necessary. Return beef to pan over medium heat; stir in spinach, and cook just until wilted, about 1 to 2 minutes. Remove from heat; stir in vinegar, tomatoes, ½ teaspoon salt, and ¼ teaspoon pepper. Set aside.
- Whisk milk, eggs, remaining ½ teaspoon salt and ¼ teaspoon pepper in large bowl until blended.
- Spray a 3-quart shallow baking dish with nonstick cooking spray. Layer half of the bread cubes, ½ cup of the cheese and half of the beef mixture in dish. Pour half of the egg mixture over the top. Top with remaining bread cubes, ½ cup of the cheese, and remaining beef and egg mixtures. Sprinkle with remaining ½ cup cheese. Press any dry bread cubes into egg mixture. Cover with aluminum foil; refrigerate at least 6 hours or overnight.
- Preheat oven to 350˚F. Bake strata, covered, 55 minutes. Remove foil. Bake, uncovered, 10 to 15 minutes or until puffed and lightly browned. Let stand 5 minutes.
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