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Spinach Lorraine Strata #Foodie Friday

Spinach Lorriane Strata: simplelivingeating.com

I love making egg based main dishes. They are usually so tasty and so healthy. I have made my share of quiche, souffle, and frittatas... but I just learned about strata. 

Strata is basically a frittata with toasted bread in it. Kinda of a savory bread pudding. My husband makes really excellent crusty homemade bread, and even though my kids could eat an entire loaf a day; sometimes there are some leftovers. Fresh bread gets stale quickly, and other than making croutons using up his bread in a strata is a great alternative idea.

Spinach Lorriane Strata: simplelivingeating.com

I had some bacon leftover, so I decide to model this strata after Quiche Lorraine. I also wanted to make it a complete meal, which inspired me to add some spinach... it always tastes good in eggs.

The result was a fantastic, easy dinner. As long as you have a well seasoned 12 inch cast iron pan; this dish is a a cinch. My husband thought it tasted better than a frittata. I did like they way the bread absorbed some of the egg and gave the dish structure. Very tasting indeed.


Spinach Lorriane Strata: simplelivingeating.com

Spinach Lorraine Strata

by Diane Balch

preparation time: 15 minutes                               serves: 4 - 6


5 ounces or so of toasted stale bread cut into 1/2 inch cubes
1 tablespoon of butter
1 onion small chopped
5 ounces of baby spinach
6 cooked stripes of bacon
10 large eggs
1 cup of whole milk
4 ounces of gruyere cheese shredded. 


1) Pre-heat oven to 450 degrees.

2) Chop stale bread into 1/2 inch cubes. Lay the pieces in a baking sheet and toast for about 8 minutes or until the bread is lightly brown. Lower the oven to 350 degrees. 

3) On medium-high heat warm the cast iron skillet on the stove. Chop up the uncooked bacon and cook it until it is lightly crispy.

4) Remove bacon from pan and set it aside. Add butter and sauté the onion in the bacon fat and butter until it starts to get a little brown.

5) Add the spinach and cook until it wilts. Take skillet off of the heat.

6) Whisk the eggs and milk with a little salt and pepper. 

7) Return the skillet to the heat add the toasted bread pieces. Spread the bread, spinach and bacon evenly around the pan. Then add the egg mixture. 

8) Sprinkle the cheese evenly around the cooking strata. 

9) Don't move the mixture. Let it cook on the stove for about 5 minutes or until the egg starts to set a little bit. 

10) Move the skillet into the 350 degree oven and let it cook for about 10 to 12 minutes, or until the egg rises a little and it slightly brown. 

11) Remove the skillet from oven and let it cool for about 5 minutes before serving it straight from the pan.

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  1. Thanks for hosting Diane! Have a great week! :)

    Sandi @ A New York Foodie

    1. Thanks Sandi good to see you. Hope you are warm.

  2. Diane, your Strata turned out so good, it looks delicious. Hope you'al have a fantastic weekend and thanks so much for the party!
    Miz Helen

    1. Thanks Miz Helen,
      The cold is back so I may be making more stew this weekend.

  3. Diane,
    Thanks for hosting the party. I love spinach and eggs and you can't go wrong with the addition of bacon and cheese. Your strata looks delicious.

    1. Tell me about Annamaria. I could eat this strata for breakfast, lunch or dinner.

  4. Thanks for the party Diane and have a wonderful weekend!

  5. That is so cool Diane, and looks delicious. I have heard of Strata before, but never knew what it was. :) Thanks so much for the party. Have a great week! :)

    1. I had never heard of strata and was looking for something to do with stale bread and I came upon it. It is something we will be eating regularly now.

  6. That strata looks delicious, love anything with spinach in it. Thanks for the party Diane. :) Hope you have a great weekend!

    Krista @ Joyful Healthy Eats

    1. Thanks Krista,
      Yes, I love anything with spinach too. Glad to see you here this week.

  7. Thank you Diane, for featuring my beets and skordalia. It was a pleasant surprise :)

    1. You are so welcome Lydia. Skordalia is so interesting. I wouldn't have guessed it was Greek.

  8. I am loving your strata, Diane! Pinned it :) Thanks for hosting!

    1. Thanks Jamie,
      Really easy to make and yet, a little different from a plain old omelette.

  9. Great party! Thanks for hosting. Blessings, D@TheShadyPorch

  10. Love your strata quiche Diane. What a great idea. Thanks for hosting and I hope you have a lovely weekend.

    1. Thanks Sam,
      Well, it has gotten cold here again and there is too big a snow pile to get to the fire word. I am sitting in front of space heater enjoying this party.

  11. I haven't heard of Strata before. Your Strata quiche looks delicious and is so easy to make !

    Thank you for the feature and the party . Have a good weekend.

    1. It's a new one for me too, but what a simply good idea. I think you'll enjoy it Tanusree.

  12. This looks delish! I'll try to make it this weekend.

  13. The Lorraine is beautiful!

  14. Hi, Diane! I haven't posted recipes in a while, but I'm back with some Mardi Gras appetizers. Thank you for the party!

    I love spinach in anything, but I agree that it is especially good with eggs. Looks like a delicious supper! And easy too.

  15. Thanks for hosting this fabulous party Diane!

  16. Thinks looks delicious! I'd love for you to share your recipe at Savoring Saturdays! http://www.wholefoodmomonabudget.com/2014/03/savoring-saturdays-5.html

    I'm new to your linky. I've shared my Cinnamon Roll pancakes and Easy Salmon Patties.

  17. Your strata looks amazing, Diane! I bet this would be Bill approved!

    1. I would be pretty shocked if he didn't like bacon, eggs, cheese and bread.

  18. Glad that I still be able to join in Foodie Friday. And your strata looks as yummy.
    Gosh, what a feast here.

  19. Wow, your spinach Lorraine Strata is making my mouth water. Your recipe will surely be tried and enjoyed I'm sure.
    Thank you for sharing with the Clever Chicks Blog Hop! I hope you’ll join us again next week!

    Kathy Shea Mormino
    The Chicken Chick

    1. This couldn't be a more perfect recipe for you chick lady. I bet you make the best egg based dinners.

  20. Oh YUM!! What a great looking strata! I’d love for you to come share over at Simple Supper Tuesday :)

  21. Your Spinach Lorraine Strata sounds delicious, Diane, and really wholesome too. It would make a really lovely breakfast any day of the week!

  22. A great collection of recipes for Foodie Friday! Thank you so much for sharing with Full Plate Thursday and hope you are having a great week.
    Come Back Soon!
    Miz Helen


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