A strata is a egg casserole that you prepare the night before and let it sit in the refrigerator until time to cook. They are a wonderful way to be ready for breakfast or brunch ahead of time. There are endless variations – you can put whatever you want in one, and it will likely be delicious.
These strata were made in the Instant Pot for our Happy Mothers Day show. I made two different ones – a spinach and bacon one, based on a Quiche Lorraine, and an onion and pepper one with no meat added.
Because I made these in the Instant Pot, I prepared two of the 7 inch spring form pans. I like to generously butter the pan, bottom and sides. Then, I place a tight crown of tin foil around the bottom of the pan – springforms are notorious for leakage, and I did not want too much of a mess.
The basic idea is this: tear up some old bread into small pieces and add to the well-buttered pan.
Then add some cheese – any kind you like.
Then add the veggies – onions, peppers, broccoli, spinach, etc.
Add your cooked meat, if you would like it…
Top with the whisked or blended eggs, seasoned with salt and pepper, and maybe with a little milk or coconut milk added in. I used 8 eggs and a tiny bit of coconut milk, and salt and pepper, for each strata.
Add some cheese on top if you would like, and then cover with foil. And I mean, cover it! I used big enough pieces of foil to go under the pan one more time – and, even with that, I got a little leakage.
Put them in the fridge for the night – or for at least two hours.
In the morning, get the Instant Pot ready with 1 1/2 cups water in the bottom of the liner and then put in a trivet. Make a long sling of foil and put this in next.
Put BOTH OF THE STRATA IN – stacked like a pot-in-pot stack. Lock on your lid and set the toggle to sealing. Set manual/pressure cook to 35 minutes. When done, let there be a ten minute natural pressure release and then carefully remove the casseroles. If one or both don’t seem quite done, return to the pot for ten more minutes.
Serve warm and enjoy a fun and Happy Mothers Day!