Sorry for the super long title for this blog post: it was simply labeled “Beer Bread Strata” for a few weeks, up until the Erik Estrada incident.
Friends, strata is another word for “breakfast casserole”. I’m sure at least a few of you have heard this term. I can’t be the only one who uses this word to describe a breakfast casserole that involves day-old or stale bread and a combination of eggs, cheese, and other mix-ins.
I knew I wanted to make a strata as soon as I tested out last week’s Beer Bread recipe, and so I quickly got to work on an Oktoberfest-inspired casserole full of shredded cheddar cheese, caramelized onions, and bratwurst sausage.
The day came to make said casserole, and lo and behold it came out golden brown, cheesy, and all that I could hope for in a strata.
After taking photos, I give my parents a call (as I usually do since they live so far away) and ask how they are doing and let them know what I am up to that day.
Me: Yeah the blog is going well. I made a strata today
Dad: What’s a strata?
Me: It’s like a breakfast casserole full of meat and cheese and eggs and bread. You’d really like it.
Dad: That does sound great. You should name it Erik.
Me: … what?
Dad: Yeah. So you will get a lot of hits on the blog.
Me: I don’t get it
This continued for a few minutes until it slowly dawned on me as Dan started laughing and saying “A Strata = Erik Estrada” out loud emphatically to me.
Friends, I cannot even begin to explain the eye roll that ensued. Little did I know that this joke would follow me to work the next day as well. Every person who asked what dish I was working on for the blog, as soon as I mentioned the word strata, grew a giant grin and asked:
Oh, like Erik Estrada?
So, today we shall call this a Breakfast Casserole.
A BREAKFAST CASSEROLE!
The key is to use day-old bread, or in my case, toast the bread cubes in the oven a few minutes so that they dry out. It allows the bread cubes to soak up the egg mixture without getting soggy.
The result is a hearty, filling, casserole that the whole family will love! This Oktoberfest-inspired dish will be sure to warm you up on even the chilliest of mornings.
I’ll be back on Wednesday with a recipe to celebrate the official start of Autumn for so be sure to check it out that morning!