Sunday, July 21, 2013

Bacon and Brie Potato Bread Strata with Roasted Pears for Breakfast for Dinner #SundaySupper

It all started with a Spudnut.

You mean a donut?

Well, yes.  But this wasn't just your average donut.

I was a little skeptical as I drove by the new donut shop in downtown Santa Barbara when I saw the name... Spudnuts.  And even more skeptical when I found out that the donuts were made using potato flour.
Sounded... starchy.

But, they were anything but.  As I bit into that Apple Fritter, I'll never forget the moist and airy texture, combined with just that little hint of potato flavor.  I had to have more.  And luckily, since I was 20 and still had the metabolism that allowed for it, I did.  Oh believe me, I did.  But it didn't just stop there.  I found that potato flour elevated the texture and flavor of many baked goods, including cookies and even bread.

So, this week's Sunday Supper theme, which is hosted by Conni over at The Foodie Army Wife, is all about Breakfast for Dinner.  And you'll probably recall that I ran B&B's for most of my early years, so this theme is right up my alley.  And not only do I love to cook breakfast foods.  But, I firmly believe it trumps the other meals because most breakfast dishes include dinner and dessert all wrapped up into one. Sweet and savory.  Load on the powdered sugar, please.

Which brings me to my Strata.  Stratas are pretty simple dishes consisting of eggs, milk or cream, bread and dried mustard.  Some people put more milk per eggs, which I would consider more of a bread pudding.  But I prefer more eggs, as I like less of a custard texture.

The beauty of a Strata is that you can pretty much mix and match depending on your mood, plus it's a great use for day old bread.  And for this week's #SundaySupper, I was in the mood for bacon!  Lots of bacon, which of course goes perfectly with brie.  Some sweetness... which led me to roast up some pears.  And to make it really special, don't forget the potato bread.

Light. Airy. Creamy. Sweet. Salty. Hearty.

Believe me.  One bite and you'll go (spud)nuts!

Bacon & Brie Potato Bread Strata

4 cups day old potato bread, cut in large cubes
8 eggs
1-1/2 cups milk
1 tablespoon balsamic vinegar
1 teaspoon dried mustard
8 pieces bacon, cooked and cut in large chunks
1 small round brie, rind removed and cut into chunks
1 pear, cut into thin slices and roasted (see below)
Salt and pepper to taste

For the pears:

Place sliced pears on a single layer on a rimmed cookie sheet.  Drizzle with olive oil and roast at 350 degrees for about 20 minutes, or until tender and starting to caramelize.

For the Strata:

In a large bowl, whisk together the eggs, milk, balsamic vinegar, mustard, salt and pepper.  Set aside.  Next, in a greased baking dish place a layer of bread cubes, bacon, brie and pear slices.  Then top it off with a second layer of each ingredient.  Pour the egg mixture over all and allow to set for about 30 minutes.  You could even do this the night before, and bake in the morning... but again, in my case, I prefer it less gooey, so I opt not to.

Bake at 350 degrees for about 40-50 minutes, depending on the size and thickness of your dish, until an inserted knife comes out clean. Serve warm.

Want more Breakfast for Dinner recipes? I can't wait to see what our Sunday Supper team has come up with this week!

Tres Leches Pancakes from La Cocina de Leslie
French Toast Casserole with Sautéed Apples from The Foodie Army Wife
Gluten Free Breakfast Pizza from Blueberries And Blessings
Basic Vegan Waffles from Killer Bunnies, Inc
Kale, Bacon, Brown Rice Crustless Quiche from Shockingly Delicious
Bacon Egg and Potato Breakfast Tacos from Cookin’ Mimi
Steak and Egg Tostadas from The Girl In The Little Red Kitchen
Breakfast Bowls from Jane’s Adventures in Dinner
Bacon and Egg Waffles from The Urban Mrs
Homemade Lox from Growing Up Gabel
Seattle Sandwiches (Lox, Shmear, & A Fried Egg) from Juanita’s Cocina
Bacon & Brie Potato Bread Strata with Roasted Pears from Eat, Move, Shine
Saucy Ham and Cheese Breakfast Sliders from Daily Dish Recipes
Greek Frittata from Casa de Crews
Elderberry Flower Pancakes from Hezzi-D’s Books and Cooks
Prosciutto, Gorgonzola and Rosemary Strata from That Skinny Chick Can Bake
Italian Turkey Meatballs (With a Secret) from What Smells So Good?
Bacon, Spinach and Tomato Breakfast Pizza from Runner’s Tales
Red Pepper and Egg Galette from Healthy. Delicious.
Waffles – One Plate, Two Ways: Sweet & Savory from Foxes Love Lemons
Steak & Egg Bagel Sandwich from girlichef
Florentine Benedict from Supper for a Steal
Oatmeal Ice Cream from Treats & Trinkets
Banana Waffles with Peanut Butter Syrup from A Kitchen Hoor’s Adventures
Baked Berry French Toast from Table For Seven

But wait, there’s more!

Open Faced BTC Sandwich from Peanut Butter and Peppers
Crustless Spinach Quiche from The Hand That Rocks The Ladle
Bacon ‘n Eggs Bread Pudding from gotta get baked
Denver Breakfast Ring from Curious Cuisiniere
Copycat Japanese McDonald’s from Ninja Baking
One Pan Full English Fry-up from Food Lust People Love
Crumpets with Whipped Orange Honey from Kudos Kitchen by Renee
Leek, Mushroom and Gruyère Quiche from Hip Foodie Mom
Joe’s Special, the Original San Francisco Treat from Webicurean
Dark Chocolate, Orange & Pistachio Greek Yogurt Cups from Cupcakes & Kale Chips
Gluten Free Tomato Basil Crepes form No One Likes Crumbley Cookies
Sour Cherry Crisp from Pies and Plots
Cream Dried Beef and Waffles from Cindy’s Recipes and Writings
Sausage breakfast casserole from My cute bride
Almond Rice Crepes Stuffed With Sweet Potatoes & Peas from  Sue’s Nutrition Buzz
Zucchini Pancakes with Sautéed Tomatoes and Feta from Ruffles & Truffles
Apple, Bacon, and Dubliner Cheese Stuffed French Toast from Neighborfood
Dulce de Leche Stuffed French Toast from Basic N Delicious

Normally it would be very socially unacceptable to have wine with your breakfast, but seeing as this is closer to sunset than sunrise, we say go for it!!!

Hangtown Fry and Wine Pairings with Breakfast for Dinner from ENOFYLZ Wine Blog


  1. This is gorgeous! I know that this wasn't your original intent for the dish, but I'm glad you went with your second choice. YUM!!!!!!

    1. Thanks Conni!!! It's all about going with the flow in the kitchen ;-) Thanks again for hosting this week... what a FUN theme!

  2. I LOOOOOOOVED Spudnuts. I have made them at home and meeeeeemories! Which means I'd love this too!

    1. YAY, a fellow Spudnuts lover!!! Words can't describe how delicious they were ;-)

  3. A strata, such an awesome dish, and so incredibly versatile. Of course the ingredients you used here are top notch Di, as usual! And vibrant pics!

    1. Thanks Paula!!! I agree, you can mix and match flavors so easily ;-)

  4. Chef Di, the divine gourmet! Thank you for your easy-to-understand explanation of the strata. And the ever-so delectable recipe.

    I'll keep my eyes out for the spudnuts which inspired the piece =)

    1. Thank you Kim!!! And I'm not sure if they still exist, but if you do ever find one... it's worth a try! :-)

  5. Okay, those spudnuts sound amazing. But not as amazing as this strata! Holy cow, I'm drooling.

    1. Thank you Kim! Appreciate you stopping by! :-)

  6. Oh my gosh. Love. I love strata. I love sweet and savory. I love brie and pears. And you added balsamic? What? LOVE. And I just hit print.

    1. Awesome, Lori!!! And yes, I was a bit hesitant on the balsamic, but I love balsamic with pears, bacon and brie... and it worked :-)

  7. These photos are amazing. We were definitely on the same wave length here with the bacon + cheese + fruit combo. Perfectly sweet and savory. You are definitely my breakfast twin!

    1. Thank you Courtney... as are yours! And yes, we are total breakfast twins!!! :-) Thanks for stopping by!

  8. I was reminded of how much I love Brie yesterday, when I had a grilled brie sandwich with you had me at bacon, and brie on this one. The pears are a welcome bonusz!

    1. Love it! I haven't had brie in a while either... and man, that grilled sandwich sounds amazing too! :-)

  9. I literally would never have put these flavours but it looks absolutely delicious! I will have to give it a go to find out whether its a flavour hit for me, can't wait!

    1. :-) Thanks Sarah! It is unusual, it all seemed to meld perfectly! Let me know what you think, and again... so many variations of this dish depending on tastes!

  10. I love the pear and brie combo any time, but now I'm really intrigued to try adding bacon to it.

    1. I hope you give it a shot... I think anything is better with bacon! :-) :-)

  11. I love the flavor combos in this strata and the pears are a delightful surprise! It looks absolutely amazing.

    1. Thank you Isabel! It was such a fun #SundaySupper!!! :-)

  12. Oooh, I love that you added roasted pears - I think those flavors sound awesome!

  13. This looks amazing--bacon and brie? who wouldn't love it! I spent a couple of years working at a local B&B--loved the food that came out of that kitchen!

  14. This looks amazingly delicious. Plus, your photo looks like a magazine cover. So, so great!
    Renee - Kudos Kitchen

    1. Thank you so much Renee! I appreciate you stopping by! :-)


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