This breakfast strata is everything that you love about a baked egg/cheese/bread strata but with delicious Spanish flavors. It's easy to make and can be assembled a day in advance making it the ideal recipe for brunch!
1tablespoonolive oil, plus extra to grease the baking dish
1lbfresh chorizo sausage, skin removed and chopped
4cupsgrated gruyere cheese, divided (can sub another alpine cheese, such as emmental or comté)
2teaspoonsEACH: smoked Spanish paprika and oregano
1teaspoonEACH: salt and pepper
1loafsourdough bread, sliced into 1" cubes
Minced chives, to garnish
Heat the olive oil in a large frying pan over medium-high heat. Add the onion and cook until it is translucent, about 3 minutes. Add the sausage and garlic and cook until the sausage is fully cooked, about 7 minutes. Mix in the Hojiblanca olives and red peppers and set the pan aside.
1 tablespoon olive oil, 1 medium onion, 1 lb fresh chorizo sausage, 4 cloves garlic, 1 cup chopped Hojiblanca Olives, 2 red bell peppers
While the sausage is cooking, whisk the eggs, milk, cheese, Spanish paprika, oregano, salt, and pepper in a large bowl.
12 large eggs, 3 cups whole milk, 4 cups grated gruyere cheese, 2 teaspoons EACH: smoked Spanish paprika and oregano, 1 teaspoon EACH: salt and pepper
Grease an 11x9 inch baking dish with olive oil, then add the cubed bread. Top evenly with the cooked onions and chorizo. Pour the whisked eggs and milk over top and gently push any exposed bread down into the custard. Cover the baking dish with foil and either bake immediately or refrigerate for up to 24 hours.
1 loaf sourdough bread
To bake the breakfast strata
Preheat your oven to 375 degrees Fahrenheit.
Bake the strata covered for 35 minutes then remove the foil and continue to bake for 20 minutes, until the strata is puffed, golden on top, and the eggs have set. (See notes)
Let the strata rest for 10 minutes before serving.
If you've refrigerated the strata overnight, remove it from the fridge while your oven is preheating then cook the strata covered for 50 minutes.