Beth M. @BakinTime - Jul 17, 2011

What's the difference between Stratas and a Frittata?

A friend wants a recipe for a Frittata, and I was just looking at my collection of recipes clipped from years of magazines.

I think the difference is: a strata has bread incorporated into it, and a frittata doesn't.

Am I correct?

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Lynn Socko - Jul 17, 2011
don't take my work for it, but I think your right. i love frittata's
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Karla Everett - Jul 17, 2011
Frittatas

Lesser known in the United States, this is an Italian version of an omelet. Because of the way it is cooked, I think it is more versatile, as it can be easily eaten later, and even frozen. Several portions are usually cooked at once, in only marginally more time than it takes to cook an omelet. There are several techniques, but I favor a quick one that starts on the stove and finishes in a few minutes under the broiler. Note that while “saucy” fillings can work well in omelets, you would usually want to avoid putting sauces in a frittata.

Stratas

Stratas are egg, cheese, and bread casseroles that puff up when baking. When I was younger, I heard these casseroles called all kinds of different things, but in recent years I tend to hear the Italian name for it, which is strata. They are usually not a low-carb dish, although you can make them with low carb bread. I have found that substituting 1 and 1/2 cups of almond meal for the bread can sometimes work: as in this Bacon and Egg Casserole. A strata has the same ratio of liquid to eggs as a quiche, although traditionally milk is used, not cream. You can put anything into it you would put into a quiche or frittata.
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Karla Everett - Jul 17, 2011
The above comments that I posted are from :
lowcarbdiets.about.com/...dishes.htm

Here is the egg casserole link she was referring too for the strata :
lowcarbdiets.about.com/...asserl.htm

Here is a frittata recipe :
lowcarbdiets.about.com/...ittata.htm

busycooks.about.com/...rittatast.htm
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FREDA GABLE - Jul 17, 2011
Just Learned Something NEW today. . . Great Information, Karla. I never knew either.
I will thank Beth for Asking. Maybe we need a glossary of Definations, on JAP.
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Karla Everett - Jul 17, 2011
I didn't know either so I checked it out and thats what I found , the recipes sound really good too.
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Beth M. - Jul 17, 2011
Thank you so much Karla, you're so helpful and quick to do your research. I'll save this and check it out soon. I'm an "early to bed, early to rise gal tonight as I need to be up and out of the house to open the store at 7:00 a.m. tomorrow!"
Freda, I'm learning something new too! It's good for the brain cells, and it could be good for the waist-line in my case. I've never seen almond meal, but will look for it.

Karla: do I need to make the almond meal or can I buy that?
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Jan W - Jul 17, 2011
This is one source for almond meal/almond flour:

nutsonline.com/...flour.html
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Karla Everett - Jul 17, 2011
You can make it in a blender or food processor, though care must be taken not to go too far, or you will have almond butter! Use fairly small amounts, and pulse until it's meal.

Here is a recipe on how to make your own.
glutenfreecooking.about.com/...l.htm

Most health food stores sell it. Trader Joe's has the best price I have found for almond meal with the skin.
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Beth M. - Jul 18, 2011
LADIES, THANK YOU AGAIN!
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Jane Whittaker - Jul 18, 2011
It is my understanding frittata is basically scrambled eggs with other things in them and usually baked.
A strata is layers of things and also baked.
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Dee Stillwell - Jul 18, 2011
frittatas have no bread...stratas have bread added..i have a great strata posted here.

Ham Veggie Cheese Strata