Cooking with kids is a fun way to spend time together! Cooking together in the kitchen is quality time with learning, skill development, and has a tasty reward. Kids love to create new concoctions in the kitchen and may be more willing to try new foods. We made this Overnight Egg Strata Recipe together one afternoon and then enjoyed our breakfast on a lazy Saturday. This easy egg strata recipe would be a great addition to holiday mornings or even breakfast for dinner!
Overnight Egg Strata Recipe
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This is such an easy recipe to throw together. If you need an amazing breakfast casserole for Easter or Mother's Day (or Christmas or any day!), this is the one to make. It took us maybe an hour to put together --including the time it takes for kiddos to chop, dice, and toss--so average time to make would probably be closer to 20 minutes. BUT, cooking with the kids really gets them involved and learning in the kitchen.
Start with 10 slices of bread. Chop them up into crouton-sized squares. We used whole wheat bread, but any type would do. This would even be an excellent way to use up day old bread.
Once the bread is chopped, place half of it in the base of a large casserole dish. Don't forget to spray with cooking spray first.
Chop any vegetables. We used red, yellow, and green peppers, but this recipe would be amazing with mushrooms, tomatoes, asparagus, spinach, or any veggies you have on hand.
Cut slices of ham into pieces. You could substitute the ham with sausage or bacon. I love the versatility of this recipe! Side-note: Using kitchen shears to cut the ham steaks is perfect for school-aged kids. They can easily cut ham into pieces while strengthening their hand muscles at the same time. I love these kitchen shears (incidentally, a gift from one of the Aunts!) for all snipping in the kitchen!
Chop up the veggies into small pieces. Children can use a safety kids' knife to cut vegetables while becoming more confident and safer in their knife use while cooking. Be sure to provide adult supervision.
Over the bread pieces, layer: vegetables, ham, half of the cheese, and the remaining chopped bread pieces.
Sprinkling the cheese was a huge hit!
Next comes the egg cracking part. My kids LOVE cracking eggs. Its a messy job...and there are ALWAYS eggs dripped on the counter tops...but they love it.
Stir together 10 eggs and 2 cups of milk in a large bowl.
Pour the egg/milk mixture over the casserole ingredients. Sprinkle the remaining cheese on top.
Place the covered strata overnight in the refrigerator. Pull it out in the morning and bake at 350 degrees F for 35-40 minutes. It is delicious and makes the house smell amazing. My girls and I enjoyed eating our strata together as we talked about making it the day before.
Overnight Egg Strata Breakfast:
10 slices of white bread cubed
1 cup mushrooms (or any vegetables) chopped
1 small green pepper chopped
16 oz shredded cheddar cheese
1 ham steak cubed
2 cups milk
Spray a 9x13" pan with non-stick spray.
Place half of the cubed bread on the bottom of the pan.
Sprinkle the veggies and then top with half of the cheese. Next, layer bread and ham and top with the remainder of the cheese. Mix the milk and eggs, make sure to whisk well. Pour the egg mixture over the cheese. Cover and refrigerate overnight. Bake covered at 350 degrees F for 35-40 minutes. Remove the cover for the last 10-15 minutes to get the cheese looking golden.
This post is part of the Cooking with Kids ABC series. You can see all of the E is for Eggs recipes here:
Eggy bread/french toast from Mum in the Mad House,
Chocolate bread and butter pudding from Rainy Day Mum,
Deviled eggs from Frogs and snails and puppy dogs tails,
Easy egg salad from Still playing school,
Egg sandwiches from Smiling like sunshine,
Overnight egg strata from Sugar Aunts
Be sure to try our other cooking with kids recipes: