Savory Croissant Strata Recipe!

December 14, 2022

christmas brunch recipe

My mom always made a brunch strata for Christmas and Easter. She would prep the day ahead, and stick it in the oven while everyone opened gifts. Of course when everyone remembered they were actually starving, the aroma of the delicious strata was filling the home. I have since dabbled in making something similar for my own kids, and croissants have been the winner! This Savory Croissant Strata Recipe is a nostalgic nod to childhood memories. I am so happy to share it with you to use any time of the year! Prep ahead Christmas Eve or NYE and bake the next morning:)

savory croissant strata brunch recipe

I usually get my croissants from Costco the week of Christmas because they are large and inexpensive! They can sit out a day or a few days before you use for this strata so they are a little stale. It allows for a better overall (less soggy) texture.

Ingredients:
7-8 large day old croissants
5 eggs
1 c. Cream
1 c. Milk
A couple dashes of salt and pinch of pepper
1/2 tsp. garlic powder
1/4 tsp. Cayenne pepper
2 tbls. Dijon mustard
1/3 c. chopped green onions
2 c. thin sliced ham chopped into pieces (can substitute with bacon or sausage!)
1 c. Shredded cheddar or gouda
1 1/2 c. shredded cheddar or gouda for topping

savory ham and cheese croissant strata recipe - brunch

Instructions:
-Tear apart croissants into chunks and align in buttered 9×13 in pyrex dish.
-Toast in the oven for 3 min. on 400 °
-In a mixing bowl, beat eggs. Mix in cream, milk, salt, pepper, garlic powder, cayenne pepper, dijon mustard, green onions, ham, and cheese.
-Pour mixture over toasted croissant pieces, and use a fork to spread out evenly.
-Sprinkle shredded gruyere, Swiss, or whatever cheese you have on hand on top!
-Cover with greased foil and refrigerate for an hour (but best overnight!).
-Bake on convection setting at 350° for 45 min. You can remove foil for last ten minutes if you want it a little toasty on top!
-Serve warm with a side of fresh fruit! ✨
Makes 12 servings.

I usually serve this warm with fresh fruit before the kids dive into their stocking loot. Hope you all enjoy!

christmas brunch recipe
Savory Croissant Strata
Print Recipe
This savory croissant strata is a great prep ahead brunch option that can refrigerate overnight! We make this for holidays like Christmas and Easter, and it is hearty and delish!
Servings
12 servings
Servings
12 servings
christmas brunch recipe
Savory Croissant Strata
Print Recipe
This savory croissant strata is a great prep ahead brunch option that can refrigerate overnight! We make this for holidays like Christmas and Easter, and it is hearty and delish!
Servings
12 servings
Servings
12 servings
Ingredients
Servings: servings
Instructions
  1. Tear apart croissants into chunks and align in buttered 9x13 in pyrex dish.
  2. Toast in the oven for 3 min. on 400 °
  3. In a mixing bowl, beat eggs. Mix in cream, milk, salt, pepper, garlic powder, cayenne pepper, dijon mustard, green onions, ham, and cheese.
  4. Pour mixture over toasted croissant pieces, and use a fork to spread out evenly.
  5. Sprinkle shredded gruyere, Swiss, or whatever cheese you have on hand on top!
  6. Cover with greased foil and refrigerate for an hour (but best overnight!).
  7. Bake at 350° for 45 -50 min. You can remove foil for last ten minutes if you want it a little toasty on top! (I usually use convection setting so the middle cooks well.)
  8. Serve warm with a side of fresh fruit!
Recipe Notes

You can always substitute ham for sausage or bacon. You can also swap croissants for french bread! (Adjust the recipe by adding a little more milk + 1 more egg for french or Italian bread since it will absorb more.)

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