Kale and Leek Strata

Kale and Leek Strata

Kale and Leek StrataI’m just about done with winter and it’s only January. With temps dipping into the 20′s, I’m in serious comfort food mode.

When people hear the words “comfort food” they immediately think rich and fattening. But that doesn’t have to be the case. This Kale and Leek Strata that I’m sharing with you today is satisfying and healthy. Packed with protein, vitamins and nutrients, it’s an excellent way to start your day!

Kale and Leek Strata Set UpThe wonderful thing about stratas is that you can pretty much use whatever you have languishing in your fridge. Bits of leftover cheese, veggies that are close to expiration, whatever leftover proteins you have from dinner the night before, anything goes for a strata.

In our fridge we had some kale that was no longer at its perkiest, a couple of leeks leftover from another recipe and a lonely tomato that should’ve been in my last batch of salsa but it had rolled to the back of the fridge. The perfect cast of characters for a strata.

Mixed up with some eggs, cheese and homemade croutons, these close to the compost pile ingredients became a lovely brunch for yours truly.

kale and leek strata

Kale and Leek Strata
 
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Recipe type: Breakfast
Cuisine: American
Serves: 8
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Kale and Leek Strata. Packed with protein and nutrients, this strata is the perfect way to warm up on a cold winter's morning.
Ingredients
  • 3 cups homemade croutons (see notes)
  • 10 eggs
  • 1 cup milk
  • 2 tsp canola oil
  • 1 leek, diced
  • 1 cup kale, chopped
  • 1 Roma tomato, seeded and diced
  • 1½ cup cheddar cheese (Swiss is nice too)
  • 1½ tsp salt
  • Fresh ground black pepper to taste
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 375º. Grease a large casserole dish and set aside.
  2. Place croutons in a bowl. In another bowl, lightly beat eggs. Add milk to eggs. Lightly beat for another minute. Pour this mixture over croutons and set aside.
  3. In a large skillet, heat oil over medium heat. Add leeks and cook for just a few minutes. Add kale and cook for another two minutes. Take off heat and allow to cool for five minutes.
  4. Mix cooled kale/leeks with eggs. Add tomato, cheese, salt and black pepper.
  5. Pour mixture into greased casserole and bake for 35-40 minutes or until a knife inserted into the center comes out clean.
Notes
To make homemade croutons: Cube a loaf of crusty day old bread. Place bread cubes on a cookie sheet. Let cubes sit for several hours to dry out. Drizzle a little olive oil over the bread cubes. Sprinkle some kosher salt over top and a few good cranks of fresh ground black pepper. Bake in a 400º oven until cubes are toasty brown.

Comments

  1. Patricia N. says:

    Guess what’s for supper tonight? I have kale in the freezer that I dehydrated in the summer, some grape tomatoes that need some love and a bunch of cheese that is starting to get a little blue around the edges. Paired with the Walgreens eggs that are only $.99 a dozen, I’ll have all I need except the leeks. I’ll either buy some or use some of the broccoli/cauliflower blend that I got on reduced 2 days ago. I had totally forgotten how much we love stratas until I read this.
    Thanks, Melanie

    • Perfect! Also, if you don’t have leeks, substitute with onions, scallions or whatever oniony thing you have already. Once you have the base of bread, eggs and cheese, the rest can be whatever you have laying around! And those .99 were a great deal!!

  2. Once again you have a wonderful recipe and fabulous pix Melanie! Your photos above are really very good, very good! I love them; as you said in your MITM Old Dogs and New Tricks post, you’ve come a long way baby!! I love the fact that this just takes 15 minutes to prepare and only 40 minutes to bake. Thank you for another great recipe!

  3. DELICIOUS!!
    Can’t wait to try this :)

  4. This looks delicious and your photography is wonderful. I would love it if you would consider sharing it on HammockTracks as I am hosting a link up for casseroles this weekend. Thanks for sharing! -Savannah http://hammocktracks.com/savannahs-savory-bites/grandmas-beef-and-cheese-goulash/

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  1. […] 9. Kale and Leek Strata Start your day off right! This produce — and protein — packed egg dish includes kale, tomato and leeks, the often-forgotten cousin of garlic and onions. Like its more pungent relatives, leeks contain compounds that lower blood pressure and cholesterol as well quercetin, an antioxidant that heals with issues like high cholesterol and heart disease. Photo and Recipe: Melanie / A Beautiful Bite […]

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