Thursday, December 10, 2009

Make-Ahead Meal: Tortilla Chip Stratta


Make-ahead dishes are the key to a smooth holiday season. I love coming up with a meal that can be made the night before and still garners spectacular reviews.


My study group enjoyed this casserole dish while we prepared for our upcoming final in Pathophysiology--I won't bore you with the details, or you might lose your appetite. They loved the Stratta though, and asked for the recipe. Serve it to your family and guests, just leave the medical talk off the table and they're sure to enjoy their meal.:-)


Tortilla Stratta
A Stratta is usually made with bread but tortilla chips work really well as a replacement. This is the perfect make-ahead dish for brunch or lunch. It tastes even better as leftovers. This recipe doubles up beautifully if you want to feed a crowd.

4 cups of crushed tortilla chips
1/2 cup sliced black olives
8oz tomato sauce
1/4 cup spicy salsa
2 cups lowfat milk
1/2 cup sour cream
1 cup shredded cheese (mexican mix or medium cheddar)
3/4 cup egg white
3 large eggs, beaten
1/2 cup cilantro, chopped
1/4 cup red onion, finely chopped
1/2 cup cherry tomatoes, halved
1 cup cooked black beans
1 cup frozen white corn kernels, thawed
1/2 tsp ground cumin

The night before:
Oil a lasagna glass or ceramic dish.
Combine the chips, olives, tomato sauce, salsa in a large bowl.
In another bowl add: the milk, sour cream, shredded cheese, egg whites, beaten eggs and cumin. Mix well.
Then, combine it with the chip mixture.
Add the cilantro, onion, tomatoes, black beans, and corn. Mix thoroughly and pour into your prepared dish.
Cover and store in the fridge overnight.

The next day:
Preheat oven to 375F.
Take the dish out of the fridge and let it sit out for about 20 minutes to warm to room temperature.
Bake in the oven for 1 hour or until golden and puffy. Let cool for about 15-20 minutes before serving.
~serves 6-8~



Similar recipes:
White Bean Crustless Quiche with Fennel
Gluten Free French Toast Casserole
Potato Spinach Crustless Quiche


GF Gidget said...

Ole'! Seeing as my father is a doctor and my MIL is a nurse practitioner, I don't think leaving behind the medical talk will be possible! hahaha!

Deeba PAB said...

Welcome back Alexa...I missed you. It's so nice to have you back. Love this idea of a tortilla stratta...YUM!

Alexa said...

I would get along well with your family at least I would understand their language:-)

Thanks for your visit. It's good to be back. I didn't mean to be away for so long.

Lynn said...

This looks really tasty! I love the idea of the tortilla chips in it -- so often we have an open bag that are just heading for stale city. This would be a great solution :)

Hannah said...

Really beautiful pictures- This is one of those dishes that I would just never be able to photograph well, but you still managed to, and then some! :)

Debbie said...

Is there any reason I can't prepare this all in the morning for a potluck tomorrow? Does it need to sit over night?
Thanks for answering!

Alexa said...

good point. :-)


I have never done it. If you have two hours in front of you, it should still work--the texture will be a little different. I would prepare it and just let it sit in the fridge for as long as I have. This allows for the chips to soften and the flavors to merge together. Please let me know how it turns out.

Mary Ann said...

Alexa-I love that you used tortilla chips in this strata instead of bread. I bet it tastes a lot better this way.
This looks absolutely fabulous.

lostpastremembered said...

Great for using leftovers from a party... and it looks perfect... great picture!

Janie said...

great idea!

Susan from Food Blogga said...

This looks amazing! I used to make a similar dish years ago that I called taco lasagna.

Marysol said...

What's not to drool over?

My refrigerator keeled over yesterday, so I won't be doing any cooking until I get a new one, which thankfully, will be arriving this weekend.
And I plan to make this for my vegetarian daughter, who's home for the holidays.
But I have a sneaky suspicion I'm going to love this dish as well.

Kevin said...

That stratta looks really tasty!

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