|Skillet Strata Recipes|
is just what it sounds like: layers. Strata recipes always include
eggs, milk, and leftover bread. The bread is usually the bottom layer
and the eggs are the top layer. What goes in the middle layers is based
on your imagination and personal taste. The skillet recipe I am using
is one based on speed. Classic preparations have the dish as a
casserole that is prepped the night before, brought to room temperature
30 minutes prior to baking, and generally take between 30 minutes and
an hour to cook. By partially cooking the ingredients on the range,
then finishing in the oven, the cooking time is cut down to under 30
minutes. The dish can be quite rich when using whole milk, cheese, and
cream. I choose to keep the fat low with skim milk and low fat cheeses.
I also choose to keep the carbs down with whole grain (or
hi-pro/low carb) bread.
Here are the general skillet strata prep and cooking rules:
|Basic ingredients for
Preheat oven to 450*F with top rack moved to center of oven.
Using a non-stick, oven proof skillet (10" or more), saute onions and other coarse ingredients in olive oil for 8-10 minutes or until slightly soft. While these are cooking, combine eggs, milk, and seasonings in mixing bowl and wisk together. Remove skillet ingredients and reserve nearby. While still on range top, more oil if the skillet is dry, then add bread cubes and stir until slightly toasty. Remove skillet from burner, and cover handle with aluminum foil. Arrange bread cubes in single first layer. Distribute cooked ingredients evenly over bread cubes as the second layer. Sprinkle cheese evenly over entire skillet to make the third layer. Slowly pour egg mixture over the entire skillet making the forth layer. Using a spatula, gently press down any bread cubes that begin to float. Place on middle rack in oven and bake for 20-30 minutes, or until strata is puffy and slightly browned. Outside edges tend to cook first, so test the middle for doneness (clean tooth pick or fork).
information for All American breakfast approach using healthy
A single slice is a 1 carb equivalent and for a complete breakfast I just add serving of fruit or juice. By my calculations a 1/8 slice of a 10" skillet is 235 calories.