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breakfast strata with bacon and date
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Breakfast strata with bacon and date

Packed with cheese & bacon, this breakfast strata is easy to prepare the night before for a delicious brunch/breakfast.
Prep Time15 mins
Cook Time1 hr
Total Time1 hr
Course: Breakfast
Cuisine: American
Servings: 2 -4
Calories: 760kcal
Author: Caroline's Cooking


  • 5 ½ oz smoked bacon 150g (streaky)
  • ½ onion
  • 1 clove garlic large
  • 4 oz spinach 115g
  • 2 cups bread 4oz/115g cut in cubes, without crust (eg French, ciabatta or other bread that will absorb without going to mush - I had a wholewheat loaf)
  • 3 tablespoon date pieces (I recommend chopped Medjool dates)
  • 1 cup comte/gruyere cheese 75g, coarsely grated
  • 4 eggs
  • 1 cup milk 240ml or ⅔cup milk and ⅓cup cream


The night before

  • Dice the bacon and onion relatively small. Cook the bacon in a small/medium skillet/frying pan over a medium heat until meat is cooked, some fat is rendered but not not crisping.
  • Add the onion then cook until the onion softens. Crush the garlic and add to pan, stir and cook another minute or two until the bacon is starting to crisp.
  • Roughly chop the spinach and add to the pan, a handful or two at a time, stirring in so it wilts down. Once it has all been added and has wilted, remove from the heat and set aside. This can be made ahead and refrigerated.
  • Put half of the bread in the bottom of an oven dish (approx 8x6in/20x15cm), spread over half the spinach-bacon mixture, then half the dates and half the cheese. Repeat with the rest of the bread, spinach-bacon mixture, dates and cheese.
  • Whisk together the eggs and milk (or milk/cream mix), add a little pepper if you like, and pour it evenly over the dish. Cover and refrigerate overnight.

In the morning

  • Preheat the oven to 350F/190C and leave the dish out to warm up to room temperature as the oven heats up.
  • Bake uncovered for approx 50min until it puffs up a bit, browns on top and is cooked through.


Calories: 760kcal | Carbohydrates: 43g | Protein: 56g | Fat: 40g | Saturated Fat: 19g | Cholesterol: 451mg | Sodium: 1295mg | Potassium: 1159mg | Fiber: 4g | Sugar: 24g | Vitamin A: 6615IU | Vitamin C: 18.4mg | Calcium: 971mg | Iron: 4.9mg