With a make-ahead element built into the recipe, strata is perfect for a big breakfast crowd. But the traditional sandwich bread doesn’t bring much to the party.
Why This Recipe Works
Most recipes for this cornbread-based strata call for making homemade cornbread, cutting it into cubes, and staling it in the oven before proceeding with the usual strata protocol—mixing the bread with custard and letting it sit overnight. To speed up the process, we bake our cornbread on a rimmed baking sheet, creating a thin, quick-cooking layer of cornbread. The increased surface area also meant that we could eliminate the staling step. To prevent the spices from clumping in the custard, we add them to the cornbread batter instead. Eggs, milk, cheddar cheese, and scallions make for a rich, flavorful base for this make-ahead brunch dish.
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