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End the Yom Kippur Fast with Cheese Strata

Eggs from my girls


Today I chatted with Anna Mitchell on the Sonrise Morning Show about Yom Kippur, the most holy day on the Jewish calendar.  This year, from the evening of October 11 through the evening of October 12, the Jewish custom is to fast, refrain from work and/or attend synagogue services.  The name Yom Kippur means  day of atonement and repentance.

To break the fast, many people eat a dairy focused dish since that may be easier for empty tummies to digest rather than a heavy meat based meal.

Here’s a recipe of sorts  for strata that is delicious and easy to make. And you don’t have to be Jewish to enjoy it. This strata is a nice breakfast or brunch dish on its own. It doubles or triples easily.

Thanks to a “loyal listener and reader” for this recipe. I’ve adapted it only slightly.
4 cups cubed bread (this is about half a pound of bread)
2 cups shredded cheese + 1/2 cup extra for sprinkling on top
2 cups milk
2 cups eggs (about 8 large)
Salt and pepper to taste (I add 1/2 teaspoon ea salt and pepper)
Good but not absolutely necessary:
Green onions, sauteed a bit first
Fresh spinach or other greens, sauteed a bit first
Ground mustard powder – add this to your milk egg mixture (I add 1 teaspoon)
Herbs: Fresh chopped parsley, dash or two of thyme, etc.
Meat: Up to 2 cups cubed, cooked meat or half a pound or so of cooked, crumbled bacon

Preheat oven to 350.

Spray a baking dish. Put bread in. Sprinkle 2 cups cheese over. Beat milk and eggs, salt and pepper until well blended. Pour over cheese. Sprinkle remaining cheese on top. Smoosh bread down until it’s covered with the liquid mixture.

Let sit for 30 minutes or so – this allows the bread to absorb the liquid. Cover with foil, bake for 30 minutes. Uncover and finish baking for about 10 minutes or so, just until the center is set and doesn’t  jiggle.


Cover with foil, put in frig up to a day, remove foil, let sit 30-45 minutes prior to baking so it’s not too chilled when it goes into the oven, and proceed with recipe, covering again with foil to bake.  It may take a bit longer to bake.


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