Strata, an old-fashioned layered casserole of bread, milk, beaten eggs and cheese, is usually served for breakfast. In its day, it was considered a good way to use up day-old bread.
But thanks to our hurried lives, strata has new-found appeal. For one thing, it makes a great supper dish. Though I’ve been making strata with vegetables and cheese, you can really use any filling with the bread, eggs and milk (which make a delicate custard when baked).
Best of all, though, strata must be assembled a day ahead for the ingredients to blend before baking. So all you need to do when you get home is pop it in the oven--no preparation, no fuss. The following recipe makes a splendid supper served with a fresh green salad and fruit or ice cream for dessert.