Make-Ahead Bacon and Kale Strata

Kitchen Tested
  • Yield 10 servings
  • Prep 10 mins
  • Cook 60 mins

An easy, hearty overnight casserole perfect for breakfast, brunch or even dinner.

Bacon and Kale Strata
Mark Boughton/styling: Teresa Blackburn

Assemble the strata the night before and pop in the oven in the morning. The Schaffers like to use a rich egg bread like challah or brioche, but any artisan white bread will work, such as French or ciabatta.


8 slices smoked bacon, diced
2 leeks (white part only), chopped
3 cloves garlic, minced
1 pound kale, chard, greens or spinach, cut into thin strips
1 cup chopped dates
1 teaspoon sea salt
1/2 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
1/4 teaspoon freshly grated nutmeg
3 cups half-and-half
12 large eggs
8 cups challah bread or brioche cubes
1/2 cup grated Parmigiano Reggiano cheese
1 teaspoon chopped fresh rosemary
1 1/2 cups (6 ounces) grated Gruyère or Swiss cheese


  1. Coat a 13 x 9-inch baking dish with cooking spray.
  2. In a large skillet, sauté bacon and leeks until bacon is crisp and leeks are tender, about 15 minutes. Add garlic, kale, dates, salt, pepper and nutmeg. Cook until kale is wilted. (You may need to add the kale in batches.)
  3. Combine half-and-half and eggs in a large bowl. Beat until blended. Stir in bread cubes, Parmigiano Reggiano cheese, rosemary and 1 cup Gruyère. Add vegetable mixture and stir well.
  4. Pour egg mixture into baking dish. Refrigerate 8 hours or overnight.
  5. Preheat oven to 375F.
  6. Remove strata from refrigerator and let stand at room temperature 30 minutes. Top with remaining ½ cup Gruyère.
  7. Bake 40 minutes, until a knife inserted in the middle of the strata comes out clean. Let stand 15 minutes before serving.

Recipe by Chefs Kathleen and Charlie Schaffer.



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