I used a breakfast sausage from the Whole Foods meat counter - which was beautiful, but ended up making the dish really salty. I would forego adding salt into the dish and use a low salt sausage. Otherwise, it cooked nicely and the kale tasted great wilted down. I used "Hearty Honey Wheat" and had the bakery cut the bread into 1 inch slices, it made it easy to cube. I'd try it again with mushrooms instead of meat or a uncured breakfast meat.
Thanx you for all that replied and your suggestions ... I did use fresh spinach ... and sautéed it as per Grannycook's instructions and my Strata was a hit! Everyone Loved it ... it was a great Xmas morning brunch! Thank you for sharing this recipe ...
Yes, technically you can. However like one other reply said, squeeze it VERY dry. I use paper towels. Fresh spinach is a good idea, but I would put it in a saute pan( no oil of fat , saute till well wilted, and still be sure it is DRY. BTW, if onions are added, you need to be aware they omit moisture also. Just blot those well OR simply add a bit more bread to absorb the moisture.
I repaired this at home the night before, used Challah bread, you can add whatever you want to this recipe. The only remark I would make is to remove the crusts, just my preference. The more items you add the more wet ingredients etc you would need to add. Everyone loved it. I made crack potatoes with it (hash browns) delicious) and Canadian bacon in the bottom of muffin pan with egg dropped in it and baked it for 10 min or so and the kids loved them. The crack potatoes I cooked the night before froze them and baked at 350 with the strata and everything was easy and great. I brought all this to my sons house for breakfast Xmas morn.
I cook so infrequently, but when I came across this recipe, it sounded like something manageable and possibly delicious to serve at a casual brunch with friends. I am so glad I tried it. It was AMAZING! Everyone asked for seconds. And so easy. Will be bringing this back on Christmas morning. I used turkey breakfast sausage, and skipped the salt and pepper. Perfection in a 9x13 pan.
I'm not the author, and I haven't tried this one yet (just bought the ingredients yesterday and am excited to cook it tomorrow though!). But I have made other stratas and basically the sky is the limit. That's the awesome thing about a strata - you can combine anything you want to! Spinach, roasted red peppers, and feta. Spicy sausage, broccoli, and monterey jack. It's the best mix and match recipe ever =)
Sounds wonderfully easy to assemble. Can we adjust the amount of whole eggs by using 8 whole eggs and 4 egg whites? Use turkey sausage inplace of the regular sausage to cut down on the satuated fat.