Photo: Iain Bagwell; Styling: Heather Chadduck
Hands-on Time
35 Mins
Total Time
10 Hours 10 Mins
Makes 8 to 10 servings

Let Creamy Egg Strata be the star of your next brunch. Made with Swiss and Parmesan cheese, this creamy egg dish is worth waking for.

How to Make It

Step 1

Place bread cubes in a well-buttered 13- x 9-inch baking dish. Melt 3 Tbsp. butter, and drizzle over bread cubes. Sprinkle with cheeses.

Step 2

Melt remaining 3 Tbsp. butter in a medium saucepan over medium heat; add onion and garlic. Sauté 2 to 3 minutes or until tender. Whisk in flour until smooth; cook, whisking constantly, 2 to 3 minutes or until lightly browned. Whisk in broth and next 4 ingredients until blended. Bring mixture to a boil; reduce heat to medium-low, and simmer, stirring occasionally, 15 minutes or until thickened. Remove from heat. Stir in sour cream. Add salt and pepper to taste.

Step 3

Gradually whisk about one-fourth of hot sour cream mixture into eggs; add egg mixture to remaining sour cream mixture, whisking constantly. Pour mixture over cheese in baking dish. Cover with plastic wrap, and chill 8 to 24 hours.

Step 4

Let strata stand at room temperature 1 hour. Preheat oven to 350°. Remove plastic wrap, and bake 30 minutes or until set. Serve immediately.

Ratings & Reviews


February 28, 2017
We made this for a brunch with friends and while it could serve 8 "polite" people, the four of us almost finished the whole pan. The flavors were really deep and rich. Served with side of bacon and a simple green salad, and a little champagne of course! it was a perfect brunch. The recommendations to bake for an extra 5-10 minutes were a big help!

A Notch Above

December 29, 2016
I made this, exactly as written, and it was excellent. The flavors are more complex than your average strata. Next time I will let the bread dry out a bit more to help absorb liquids better. Will definitely make again.


December 26, 2016
Don't hesitate to make this, it is fabulous!  I made this for Christmas morning with Sweet/spicy bacon and rosemary home fries...Yummy!  I skipped the garlic (personal preference) and subbed Fontina cheese as I am not a fan of swiss.  Baked it probably 5-7 minutes longer than the recipe said.

Elegant Strata

June 21, 2015
My mother-in-law makes a strata (bread, milk, cheese, etc) for Christmas each year and I am not a fan. This strata is not your mother-in-law's strata. The white wine, garlic, and broth really elevate what is usually a simple breakfast dish. Made this for a bridal shower and everyone asked for the recipe. I made no alterations other than cooking in a deeper, shorter dish. Cooking time was still about an hour.

LindaDudine's Review

December 05, 2014
Fantastic wealth of recipes to glean from!

kmartin234's Review

December 04, 2012
I thought this was the best strata I have ever eaten. I love the wine and the chicken broth rather than the milk. I wouldn't change a thing on this recipe. I have served this 3 times now and it always gets rave reviews.

booklady's Review

September 09, 2012
Excellent recipe to serve for brunch. Our company raved, and it was convenient ,as the prep happens a day ahead.

laurab10's Review

April 08, 2012
It's been in 10 extra minutes, and it's still not set in the middle. :(