Skillet Strata with Cheddar and Thyme
In its most basic form, a strata is a layered casserole of bread, cheese, and creamy eggs—in essence, a savory bread pudding. Typically, stratas must be prepared hours in advance to allow the bread to absorb the custard. Can you attain the same creamy, substantial texture without the wait?
Why This Recipe Works
We came up with an unorthodox method largely predicated around the preparation of the bread for our skillet strata recipe: Instead of using stale bread, as is typical, we found fresh bread could work if we toasted it quickly before combining it with the custard. It made sense to cut the bread in pieces and toast them in a skillet for our skillet strata recipe as if they were croutons. It then occurred to us—why not bake the strata in the same skillet? Once the bread was toasted, we slid the pan from the heat and folded in the custard (whole milk and eggs) and cheese.