Overnight Cheesy Broccoli Strata is an easy make-ahead vegetarian breakfast casserole loaded with broccoli, leeks, and plenty of cheese!

Broccoli strata in baking dish with serving removed

Happy spring!  I can’t believe it’s really here…especially because our beautiful sunny spring weather has been kicked to the curb for more rain.  Not just a little rain — it’s going to be raining here all week.  It’s better than shoveling snow, however, so I’ll be quiet now.

Enough about the wet weather — let’s discuss this Overnight Cheesy Broccoli Strata!  Strata is a semi-fancy name for savory bread pudding or French toast.  It’s got eggs, cheese, plenty of veggies, and carbs….everything you need to start your Monday off right.

I’m really lazy when it comes to breakfast, so I love make-ahead breakfasts like this, right along with sweeter options like my Coconut Overnight Oats and Blueberry Baked Oatmeal.

 

Broccoli strata in baking dish on wire rack

I say that this is for breakfast, but the truth is that it would amazing for dinner too.  Breakfast, brunch, or brinner!

Oh the possibilities.

Not only do you have options on when to serve this Overnight Cheesy Broccoli Strata — you also have total control over the multitude of ways that you can customize it.

We’ll get to that in the Recipe Tips section. 🙂

Broccoli strata in baking dish with serving removed

I chose to use broccoli because I have a lot growing in my garden.  This was one great way to use it up!  I added leek too, because it lends a nice mild onion flavor, and even more green color.

All that green makes this dish look nice and spring-y. 🙂

This Overnight Cheesy Broccoli Strata is one delicious way to change up breakfast, and you’ll sleep extra well knowing that breakfast is practically made already.

Recipe Tips/Substitutions

  • You can customize this strata by using your favorite vegetables, cheeses, or meat like sausage, ham, or bacon.
  • I used a whole grain loaf by La Brea Bakery to add more nutrition, but challah, French bread, or baguette would be great as well.
  • If you want to keep things light, use skim milk.  If you’d like this to be richer, use whole milk or half and half.

Serving of broccoli strata on white plate

More savory breakfast recipes you’ll love:

Bacon and egg cups

Breakfast casserole

Ham frittata

Savory oatmeal by Healthy Nibbles

Yield: 9 servings

Overnight Cheesy Broccoli Strata

Broccoli strata in baking dish with serving removed

Overnight Cheesy Broccoli Strata is an easy make-ahead breakfast casserole loaded with broccoli, leeks, and plenty of cheese.  It's perfect for busy mornings or weekend brunch!

Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 50 minutes
Total Time 1 hour

Ingredients

  • 1 tablespoon extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 cup chopped broccoli
  • 1 large leek, white and light green parts only, halved and sliced into half moons
  • 3 cloves garlic
  • 6 large eggs
  • 2 cups skim milk*
  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
  • 8 ounces french bread or baguette, cut into 1" cubes (I used La Brea Bakery Whole Grain Loaf)
  • 1 1/2 cups grated cheese, divided (I used a blend of Monterey Jack and cheddar)

Instructions

  1. Heat the olive oil in a large saute pan over medium heat.  Add the broccoli, leek, garlic, and a pinch of salt and pepper and saute for 3-5 minutes or until the leek has softened and the broccoli is crisp tender.  Set aside to cool.
  2. Spray an 8x8" baking dish with cooking spray.
  3. In a large bowl, whisk together the eggs, milk, salt, and pepper until well combined.   Add the broccoli mixture and 1 cup of the cheese and stir until incorporated.  Add the cubed bread and toss gently until it's well coated with the egg mixture.  Pour into the prepared baking dish and cover with plastic wrap for 8 hours or overnight.
  4. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees.  Remove the plastic wrap and top with the remaining 1/2 cup cheese.  Bake the strata for 50-60 minutes or until golden brown and puffed in the middle.  If it browns too soon, cover loosely with foil.  Remove from heat and cool slightly on a wire rack.  Serve and enjoy!

Notes

  • * I used skim milk to make this strata lighter.  You make it richer by using whole milk or half an half.
  • You can customize this strata by using your favorite vegetables, cheeses, or meat like sausage, ham, or bacon.
  • I used a whole grain loaf by La Brea Bakery to add more nutrition, but challah, French bread, or baguette would be great as well.
  • If you want to keep things light, use skim milk.  If you'd like this to be richer, use whole milk or half and half.

Nutrition Information:

Yield:

9

Serving Size:

9 servings

Amount Per Serving: Calories: 334Total Fat: 13gSaturated Fat: 5gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 6gCholesterol: 144mgSodium: 805mgCarbohydrates: 38gFiber: 2gSugar: 6gProtein: 18g

Nutrition information is mean to be an estimate only. The numbers will vary based on the quantity consumed, brands used and substitutions that are made.

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