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Spinach, Bacon, and Gruyère Breakfast Strata

Photo: Hector Manuel Sanchez
Active time 20 mins
Total time 9 hrs, 40 mins
Yield

Serves 6 (serving size: about 3/4 cup)

This dish has fewer than 20g of total carbs—about half of what you’ll find in classic bread-based casseroles. Greek yogurt, eggs, and cheese pack a mighty protein punch, while a touch of bacon seasons to perfection. The strata is best if allowed to soak overnight. Not only does this build in make-ahead convenience, it also allows the bread to fully absorb the egg mixture—yielding a creamy texture inside, while the top bread pieces get delightfully crisp.

Ingredients

  • 4 center-cut bacon slices
  • 1 1/2 cups chopped yellow onion (about 1 medium onion)
  • 4 garlic cloves, thinly sliced
  • 6 ounces fresh spinach, chopped
  • 6 ounces crusty whole-grain bread, cut into 1-in. cubes
  • 3 ounces cave-aged Gruyère cheese, shredded (3/4 cup)
  • Cooking spray
  • 3/4 cup 1% low-fat milk
  • 3/4 cup plain 2% reduced-fat Greek yogurt
  • 4 large eggs
  • 2 large egg whites
  • 1 tablespoon Dijon mustard
  • 1/2 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
  • 1/4 teaspoon kosher salt

Nutrition Information

  • calories 287
  • fat 14 g
  • satfat 6.1 g
  • monofat 4.4 g
  • polyfat 1.8 g
  • protein 19 g
  • carbohydrate 21 g
  • fiber 3 g
  • cholesterol 149 mg
  • iron 2 mg
  • sodium 546 mg
  • calcium 307 mg
  • sugars 6 g
  • Est. Added Sugars 1 g

How to Make It

  1. Cook bacon in a large skillet over medium until crisp, about 6 minutes. Transfer bacon to a paper towel-lined plate, reserving 1 1/2 tablespoons drippings in skillet; discard any remaining drippings. Finely chop bacon; set aside.

  2. Add onion and garlic to drippings in skillet over medium-high heat; cook, stirring occa­sionally, until onion is browned and tender, about 10 minutes. Add spinach; cook until spinach wilts, about 2 minutes, stirring constantly. Toss together chopped bacon, onion mixture, bread cubes, and cheese in a large bowl. Arrange mixture evenly in an 8-inch square glass or ceramic baking dish coated with cooking spray.

  3. Combine milk, yogurt, eggs, egg whites, mustard, pepper, and salt in a large bowl; stir with a whisk until well combined. Pour evenly over bread mixture. Cover and chill 8 hours or overnight.

  4. Preheat oven to 350°F. Uncover baking dish; let strata stand at room temperature as oven preheats. Bake strata in preheated oven until top of strata is browned and a knife inserted in center comes out clean, about 1 hour. Let strata stand for 5 minutes before serving.