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Easy Cheesy Overnight Italian Strata

Easy Cheese Overnight Italian Strata: An easy and delicious Italian Strata recipe with pancetta, gruyere, and parmesan cheese. Soak leftover bread in eggs and milk, then bake!

Here’s my latest obsession: Overnight Strata.

I have been on such a leftover bread kick lately! It started with the Greek Panzanella. Then there was the Costa Rican Bread Pudding.

Now, it’s all about the Strata Italian.

An easy and delicious Italian Strata recipe with pancetta, gruyere, and parmesan cheese. Soak leftover bread in eggs and milk, then bake!

This just pure brilliance. Essentially, you throw your leftover cut-up bread into a baking dish along with some goodies (pancetta and cheese, anyone?), then soak it in eggs and milk overnight. Throw it in the oven the next morning and you’re in carb-egg-cheese Italian breakfast strata heaven.

An easy and delicious Italian Strata recipe with pancetta, gruyere, and parmesan cheese. Soak leftover bread in eggs and milk, then bake!

It comes out all bubbly and brown with those wonderful crispy-crunchy edge pieces that the husband and I fight over.

Easy Cheese Overnight Italian Strata: An easy and delicious Italian Strata recipe with pancetta, gruyere, and parmesan cheese. Soak leftover bread in eggs and milk, then bake!

This is so perfect for breakfast or brunch when you have overnight guests, but it also works well for lunch and dinner.

If you’re feeling really crazy you could make a strata in individual muffin tins and pack them to go! Alas, I only thought of that idea just now so I’ll have to settle for cutting myself a big piece and slapping it down on a plate.

An easy and delicious Italian Strata recipe with pancetta, gruyere, and parmesan cheese. Soak leftover bread in eggs and milk, then bake!

I find that this overnight breakfast strata recipe tastes best if you serve it using a hodgepodge of mismatched serving pieces, utensils, and plates.

Looking for strata recipes? Here is an amazing one! An easy and delicious Italian Strata recipe with pancetta, gruyere, and parmesan cheese. Soak leftover bread in eggs and milk, then bake!

Okay, not really, but I don’t have any other excuse for the haphazardness of my kitchen.

Just trust me on this overnight strata recipe. Go forth and make it!

Here’s the Recipe!

Easy Cheesy Overnight Italian Strata Recipe

An easy and delicious Italian Strata recipe with pancetta, gruyere, and parmesan cheese. Soak leftover bread in eggs and milk, then bake!
4.6 from 18 votes
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Course: Main Dish
Cuisine: Italian
Prep Time: 8 hrs 15 mins
Cook Time: 45 mins
Total Time: 9 hrs
Servings: 6
Calories: 691kcal
Author: The Wanderlust Kitchen
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Ingredients

  • 2 Tbsp. olive oil
  • 4 oz. thinly sliced pancetta - coarsely chopped
  • 1 small onion - chopped
  • 2 garlic cloves - minced
  • 1 tsp. salt
  • 1/2 tsp. freshly ground black pepper
  • 1/8 tsp. nutmeg
  • 8 c. cubed Italian bread - from a 1-pound loaf
  • 2 c. coarsely grated Gruyère cheese
  • 1/2 c. finely grated Parmesan
  • 3 c. whole milk
  • 10 large eggs

Instructions

  • Heat a large, heavy skillet over medium heat and sauté pancetta until crisp. Remove and set aside. Add the olive oil to the pan and let heat for 30 seconds. Add the onions and garlic, then sauté for five minutes. Turn off the heat and set aside.
  • Spread one third of the bread cubes in a well-buttered 3-quart baking dish. Top with one-third of pancetta, one-third of onion mixture and one-third of each cheese. Repeat layering twice with remaining bread, pancetta, onions and cheese.
  • Whisk together the eggs, milk, salt, pepper, and nutmeg. Pour evenly over the strata, then cover with plastic wrap and chill at least 8 hours or up to one day.
  • The next day, let it stand at room temperature while preheating the oven to 350°F. Bake uncovered 45 to 55 minutes, or until golden brown and cooked through. Let stand 5 minutes before serving.

NOTES

Adapted from The Gourmet Cookbook
Nutrition Facts
Easy Cheesy Overnight Italian Strata Recipe
Serving Size
 
1 serving
Amount per Serving
Calories
691
% Daily Value*
Fat
 
44
g
68
%
Saturated Fat
 
18
g
113
%
Polyunsaturated Fat
 
22
g
Cholesterol
 
388
mg
129
%
Sodium
 
1340
mg
58
%
Carbohydrates
 
36
g
12
%
Fiber
 
2
g
8
%
Sugar
 
9
g
10
%
Protein
 
35
g
70
%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
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Anetta

Hi, I'm Anetta! Welcome to The Wanderlust Kitchen, where I share recipes and travel stories from all around the world. Here you'll find a world of recipes you can have confidence in. These recipes celebrate authentic food heritage as well as modern techniques and ingredients. I believe that food brings us together as much as it sets us apart. Be brave, try something new!

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Comments:

  1. I like this strata and am going to make it this weekend. I don’t have the exact ingredients, so will use what I have. Its so similar to bread pudding except it is cheesy in a great way. Thanks Anetta.

  2. I will DEFINITELY make this! The recipe and photos, at first, made it appear to be a bit complicated and time consuming, but the video put it all into perspective. You were a natural in front of the camera! I agree with the comment of one of your many readers…You could be the next Food Network Star! Perhaps, for convenience, you could insert a link to the video on this recipe page for your fans. Also, just so you know, I’m certain I speak for all of us who subscribe to your blog, that we appreciates your efforts to provide us with simple and delicious recipes we can make in our own kitchens without a lot of fancy and expensive equipment. I always look forward to your emails. Keep it up! Larry

    1. Thank you so much, Larry!! It’s so nice to get positive feedback 🙂 I’m going to put a link to the video in the Strata post right away – can’t believe I didn’t think about that! Thanks for reading, it really means a lot to me!

    1. It’s the perfect breakfast dish for company! If I ever start a bed and breakfast, it will be allll stratas 🙂

  3. I love stratas. It makes it easy to cook for a number of people. They can be used for main dishes as well. BUT the best part is that they microwave wonderfully if you are lucky enough to have leftovers.

  4. Love the dishes that do all the work overnight so that deliciousness awaits you in the morning! Pinned this girl, can’t wait to try it. Beautiful pics!

  5. So great that this is chilled overnight! Then it’s so easy for the morning. It looks so comforting and delicious too!