Food & Drink

Thanksgiving Leftover Strata

November 12, 2021

Thanksgiving Leftover Strata

This post is in partnership with STAUB. All opinions are my own.

Thanksgiving is hands down my most favorite holiday. Nothing makes me happier than gathering family around the dinner table to laugh, drink, eat and remember how lucky we are to have each other. Every year I host about 26 and I intentionally prepare enough food to have lots of leftovers!! Below is my recipe for Thanksgiving Leftover Strata. It’s one of my favorite Thanksgiving leftover dishes to make because it’s easily adaptable to what you have leftover and everyone loves it!! Give it a try and let me know what you think.



  • Butter to grease baking dish
  • 1 lb Italian bread crumbs cubed or torn into pieces
  • 3 pieces bacon
  • 2 leeks chopped and rinsed or 1 yellow onion chopped
  • 6 eggs
  • 3 cups whole milk
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1/4 tsp pepper
  • 6 oz cheddar grated
  • 6 oz gruyere grated
  • 2 cups chopped leftover greens like brussels sprouts, string beans, or spinach
  • 12 ounces leftover turkey
  • 12 ounces leftover cooked sweet potato baked, candied, or whatever you have leftover

What you’ll need:

  • A cast-iron skillet. My cast-iron skillet of choice is STAUB Cast Iron 12 Inch Skillet. Unlike your traditional cast-iron skillets, it is fully enameled cast-iron so it doesn’t need to be seasoned and can be washed with soap and water. Plus it comes in so many gorgeous colors so I can easily transition it from oven/stovetop to table!
  • A 13×9 baking dish.  I used my STAUB 13×9 Baking Dish both on Thanksgiving day and to make this Thanksgiving leftover strata. I love my STAUB baking dish because it has a gorgeous vitreous glass porcelain-enamel finish which is highly scratch resistant and transitions from oven to table beautifully! It’s also dishwasher, microwave, oven, and broiler safe up to 572F!!


Let’s Cook!

  1. Preheat oven to 375F.
  2. Grease your STAUB baking dish with butter.
  3. Either slice the bread into cubes or tear it into small pieces then set it aside.
  4. In a medium-sized STAUB Cast Iron Skillet cook your bacon until crispy. Remove the bacon from the skillet and place it on top of a paper towel-lined plate. Once cool, chop the bacon into small pieces.
  5. Lower the heat and add your leeks to the same skillet. Cook the leeks until tender then remove from heat. Add the chopped greens (chopped Brussels sprouts, spinach, string beans) and chopped bacon. Mix to combine and set aside.
  6. In a large bowl whisk together eggs, milk, salt, and pepper.
  7. Grab your STAUB baking dish and begin to layer the ingredients in this order; bread, greens-bacon mix, turkey, sweet potatoes, and both the cheddar and gruyere cheese. Do this until your reach the top ending with a layer of cheese. Click here to see how I layer my Thanksgiving leftover strata.
  8. Pour the egg and milk mixture evenly over the strata. Using the back of a spatula press down to make sure that 95% of the strata is submerged.
  9. Let the strata sit for an hour or overnight in your refrigerator.
  10. Cook for 50-60 minutes or until eggs set and serve immediately.

Happy Thanksgiving everyone! Please share pictures of your strata with me on Instagram @erekav !