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Kale, Bacon, and Cheese Strata Recipe: A Make-Ahead Lifesaver!

It’s back-to-school time—can you believe it? Where has the summer gone? And as someone who also works in education, I’m double bracing myself for the full flurry of classes being back in session.

If you’re like me and love breakfast, it can be tough this time of year to take the time to enjoy a delicious meal to start the day. That snooze button on your alarm can be so tempting and before you know it, you are in a mad flurry running out the door while hoping that you’re at least wearing matching socks.

That is why prep-ahead meals are a lifesaver in my home. With just a small bit of planning and assembly the night before, you can have a scrumptious, Sunday brunch-worthy meal for breakfast during the week!

Stratas are the perfect example of a superhero make-ahead dish. In a nutshell, they are a savory bread pudding that consists of cheeses, a custard-like base, and stale bread. Since the strata needs to set for a few hours to allow the bread to soak up the liquids, it’s the ideal dish to make the night before so that you can just throw it in the oven the next morning. Plus, it’s a great way to use up all of your old bread from the weekend. That’s a win, win!

kale, bacon, and cheese strata

This particular strata consists of sautéed kale, bacon, and two types of cheeses. As for the custard base, it was super easy to pull together using Davidson’s™ eggs, milk, and a few other aromatics. And since the hens from Davidson’s™ are all fed a corn and soy-based vegetarian diet, their egg yolks have a gorgeous, deep yellow hue, which makes the custard base a stunner!

Your family will absolutely love this dish. The tantalizing smell of it baking in the morning will draw your loved ones out of bed in no time flat. And that is definitely something to be thankful for on a school morning.

Here’s the recipe for my kale, bacon and cheese strata recipe and for more breakfast ideas using Davidson’s™ eggs, visit the recipe center.