Veggie Dinner Strata

This vegetarian strata is like a savory bread pudding. It's a really economical dish yet feels kind of fancy. The recipe is perfect for feeding a crowd or even for breakfast leftovers another day.
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  • Level: Easy
  • Total: 1 hr 5 min
  • Active: 15 min
  • Yield: 8 servings
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Ingredients

Butter, for greasing

1 tablespoon olive oil

1 small yellow onion, diced

1 clove garlic, minced

2 red bell peppers, diced

1 cup broccoli florets

2 cups cauliflower florets

2 teaspoons kosher salt

12 large eggs

1 cup low-fat or whole milk

1 cup shredded Cheddar

1 loaf Italian bread, ciabatta or baguette, cut into 1-inch cubes (about 8 cups)

Directions

  1. Preheat the oven to 375 degrees F. Butter a 9-by-13-inch baking dish.
  2. Heat the oil in a large skillet over medium heat. Add the onions and cook, stirring occasionally, for 3 minutes. Add the garlic, bell peppers, broccoli, cauliflower and 1 teaspoon of the salt. Cook, stirring occasionally, until the onions are soft, about 5 minutes. Remove from the heat and let cool.
  3. Meanwhile, in a large bowl, beat the eggs with the milk, the remaining 1 teaspoon salt and 2/3 cup of the cheese. Add the bread cubes and the vegetables and toss to combine. Transfer to the prepared baking dish, pressing down gently to soak the bread.
  4. Sprinkle the strata with the remaining 1/3 cup cheese. Cover with foil and bake for 30 minutes. Remove the foil and continue to bake until the top is golden brown and the strata is cooked through, about 20 minutes.