Boxing Day Strata

Ah, the day after and the start of the holiday week. Time for even more food and quiet reflection on the year past.

As per recent years, Madam BadWolf and I spent Christmas with HellSpawns #2, #2.1, #2.2, and the SIL. Part of the tradition is baked ham, potatoes gratin for the dinner, and various cookie plates, cheese board, and charcuterie during the day. As one can imagine, there are some leftovers from the indulgences.

Now breakfast on the day after has so many possibilities, but my favorite is a strata, or breakfast bake. We’ll sweat down some essential vegetables (onion, bell pepper, garlic, maybe even a jalapeno or two), add the potatoes and ham, top with a basic egg custard and cheese, and thence bake for a glorious breakie.

One can also toast some of the leftover rolls to accompany the bake. (Various bits of fruit can also be diced and combined to provide a sweet salad.)

From Wikipedia:

Strata is a family of layered casserole dishes in American cuisine.

The most common modern variant is a brunch dish, made from a mixture which mainly consists of bread, eggs and cheese. It may also include meat or vegetables. The usual preparation requires the bread to be layered with the filling in order to produce layers (strata). It was popularized in the 1984 Silver Palate Good Times Cookbook by Julee Rosso and Sheila Lukins. The first known recipe, the cheese strata, dates back to 1902 and contains bread, white sauce and cheese.

Other recipes merely require that the ingredients are mixed together, like a savory bread pudding. A beaten egg mixture is then poured over the ingredients. The dish requires a rest of anywhere between one hour and overnight before it is baked.[citation needed] It is served warm.

Boxing Day Strata

Baked Ham, Potato Gratin, Creamy cheese, and veggies make for breakfast the day after
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 40 minutes
Resting Time 10 minutes
Course Breakfast
Cuisine American, British
Servings 4
Calories 333 kcal


  • 1 Skillet Oven Proof


  • 12 oz Potatoes Gratin Leftover from Christmas Dinner
  • 1 lb Baked Ham Cubed
  • 1/2 cup Mixed Cheeses Shredded
  • 6 ea Eggs Jumbo
  • 1/3 cup Whole Milk
  • 1 ea Bell Pepper Washed, Stemmed, Seeded, Diced
  • 2 ea Jalapeno Peppers Optional
  • 2 cloves Garlic Peeled, minced
  • 1 ea Onion Medium, peeled, diced
  • 2 tbsp Butter


  • Preheat your oven to 350 degrees
  • In a large bowl beat the eggs and milk to combine
  • In a large skillet over medium heat, foam out the butter
  • Add the onion and cook until translucent and soft, ~ 2 minutes
  • Add the bell pepper, garlic, and potatoes, and cook until the potatoes are warmed through, take a quick taste, and season.
  • Add the ham and stir to combine, Add the egg mixture, Top with cheese and bake.
  • Bake for 40 minutes then check on it. The edges should be lightly brown and the center should be set and not jiggly.
  • Rest 10 miniutes on a cooling rack


Christmas dinner is always ham, potatoes gratin, and there are always leftovers.   Here is how you help to reduce the leftovers


Calories: 333kcalCarbohydrates: 17gProtein: 28gFat: 17gSaturated Fat: 9gPolyunsaturated Fat: 1gMonounsaturated Fat: 5gTrans Fat: 0.2gCholesterol: 88mgSodium: 1605mgPotassium: 664mgFiber: 1gSugar: 1gVitamin A: 371IUVitamin C: 45mgCalcium: 143mgIron: 2mg
Keyword Casserole, Ham, Potato
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  Filed under: American, Baked, Follow On, Winter

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