This Mediterranean breakfast strata with sun-dried tomatoes, artichoke hearts, kalamata olives, mozzarella, and Parmesan is versatile and so easy to make.
When nights turn into days and the list of weekend to-dos include brunch or make ahead lunch or just planning ahead for a different take on dinner for Monday night, I go for egg soaked bread, cheese and some extra additions that create a heavenly meld with aforementioned egg, bread and cheese.
Breakfast or dinner, this Mediterranean Strata goes both ways. It’s open minded that way Which pretty much leaves the playing field wide open.
Some people that know me probably think I live on this stuff. Stratas are my standard bring along when I’m asked to bring a breakfast for a baby shower brunch or when I’m on breakfast duty during our yearly girl’s get away weekend. I’m fine by that.
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Now with this Mediterranean Strata recipe, it really can morph to fit whatever your taste desires or what you can scrounge up from the cupboard or fridge. Heck, throw in the kitchen sink if you want.
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Mediterranean Breakfast Strata
- 3 tablespoons butter
- 2 cloves garlic , minced
- 2 shallots , minced
- 1 cup button mushrooms , sliced
- 1 teaspoon dried marjoram leaves
- 6 cups white bread , cut into ½ inch chunks
- ½ cup artichoke hearts , cut into ⅛ths
- ¼ cup kalamata olives , quartered
- ¼ cup marinated sun dried tomatoes , slivered
- ¼ cup shredded Parmesan cheese , plus additional for topping
- 4 ounces or 1 cup Ciliegine Fresh Mozzarella cheese balls , halved
- 6 eggs
- 1 ½ cups half and half
- ¼ cup basil leaves , slivered
- Kosher salt
- Melt 1 tablespoon butter. For individual stratas, brush insides of four 1-cup baking dishes. If serving family style, brush inside of 2-quart baking dish.
- Preheat oven to 325°F.
- In large skillet over medium heat, melt remaining 2 tablespoons butter. Add garlic and shallot; sauté for 2 minutes. Add mushrooms and marjoram and cook for another 4 minutes. Remove from heat and place mushroom mixture in large bowl with bread chunks, artichoke hearts, kalamata olives, sun dried tomatoes, Parmesan and Fresh Mozzarella and stir to mix. Season lightly with kosher salt. Fill baking dishes evenly with the bread mixture.
- In 4-cup liquid measuring cup, mix eggs with half and half and pour 1 cup of egg mixture evenly over bread in each dish. Garnish with basil and more Parmesan.
- Place baking dishes on a baking sheet and bake for 50 minutes or until eggs have set. Remove from oven and let rest 5 minutes before serving.
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These stratas are gorgeous! And seriously, your weekend looks like so much fun! So awesome that you have such a great group of friends. I have two that I have been friends with since 3rd grade. We get together every so often and we still laugh until our bellies hurt like we did when we were 9 years old.
What a super weekend! Completely loving this breakfast strata – but I guess you could almost eat anytime in the day – that is what I would do. Hope you are doing well!
Lang……….thank you………You have no idea how much I needed to see this today! Love you and love them all. We made a damn good post.
Heidi, I have to save your Friday Faves in my reader for Sundays usually. Because I want to sit and really enjoy them! Thanks for accumulating so many fun reads and recipes for the weekend.
I was one of the lucky few to be on this incredible weekend. I lapped up every one of Heidi’s concoctions, often not waiting for it to be served….. eating it right out of her mixing bowl. The pasta salad, the salmon, the twice baked potatoes, the flank steak…. my mouth waters all over again. We truly are blessed to have such a “Foodiecrush” diva among us on our yearly adventures!
You are so lucky to have all those wonderful women in your life. Long lasting friendships Are
The best. What a great combo, best friends, big laughs, great memories and delicious food.
Gerry @ Foodness Gracious
Loved reading the post about what to charge for sponsored post work! The ladies trips sound like good clean fun ;)
Katrina @ Warm Vanilla Sugar
Oh my! Loving this!
Cathy Pollak ~ Noble Pig
What a fun trip with friends, there’s nothing like that kind of silliness!!
I didn’t see the United States cutting boards.. are they referenced in the blog?
Ali | Gimme Some Oven
$760?! Sounds like you all did have a great time!!! Love making new memories with old friends. And yours sound like good ones. :)
The strata looks beautiful!
Julie @ Table for Two
Your trip looks like a ton of fun! The strata is something I’m yearning for breakfast right now..my stomach is growling! Also – I’m a handbag fiend so I say buy it!! :)
Meagan @ A Zesty Bite
What a fun trip and oh my lordy this strata is absolutely gorgeous.
wowza looks fantastic! x
Bev @ Bev Cooks
If I had it my way I’d be canoeing all of the strata into my mouth rawwwwt nerrrr.
Liz @ The Lemon Bowl
In two weeks I’m reuniting with my college BFF’s and I can’t wait…. I love how you captured your weekend in photographs!! Oh and eggs, cheese and bread? Pretty much my pregnancy diet to a T.
Looks like such a fun weekend and Heidi? This strata is amazing! I love the Mediterranean flavors and the idea of a make a head strata is awesome!
I love the friday fav and cannot wait to go check out that turkey burger! Have a great weekend!
What a fun way to spend a weekend – there’s nothing like reconnecting with old friends to make you forget the stresses of everyday life!
Have a wonderful weekend Heidi : )