Italian Strata Breakfast Casserole – The Travel Bite Print

Italian Strata Breakfast Casserole

  • Author: Rachelle Lucas
  • Prep Time: 15 mins
  • Cook Time: 60 mins
  • Total Time: 1 hour 15 mins
  • Yield: 6 1x


  • 12 large eggs
  • 1 tsp dry mustard
  • 4 dashes of your favorite hot sauce
  • Black pepper to your liking
  • 8 ounces sour cream
  • ½ cup whole Milk
  • 4 oz hand-grated Cheddar
  • 4 oz hand-grated Muenster
  • Day old Italian sandwich bread—hand-pulled into ½ inch pieces—about a 1 ½
  • ¼ each green, red and yellow peppers—cored and diced
  • ¼ medium onion—peeled and diced
  • ½ lb of boiled ham—hand-pulled into small pieces
  • 4 oz hand-grated Cheddar
  • 4 oz hand-grated Muenster


  1. Whip together eggs, sour cream, and milk—then add spices and blend well—electric blender works best—set aside
  2. Grease a standard pie-dish
  3. Layer enough day old bread to cover the bottom of the dish
  4. Sauté your onions and peppers in little olive oil—cool—then evenly layer over the bread
  5. Then spread ham over the veggies and sprinkle both cheese over the top
  6. Pour ½ of the egg mixture over the layers and let sit for 5 minutes—this allows the bread some time to soak up the egg mixture
  7. Add the rest of mixture reserving 1/3 inch of space from the top of the pie dish
  8. Place in pre-heated oven … Then pour remaining mixture just to the top-edge of the pie dish—this prevents spilling of egg mixture—on your floor, in the oven and on your shoes.
  9. Bake for 60 to 65 minutes at 350 degrees or check with an instant read thermometer to 180 degrees internal temperature –Allow to temper and set for 6 minutes before slicing.
  10. Note: The Strata will get puffy on the sides first and then the middle will puff during the final minutes of cooking. If the middle does not puff—it is not done!

  • Category: Breakfast
  • Cuisine: Italian