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 lynnsocko - 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 Karla59 - Jul 17, 2011

    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 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 Karla59 - Jul 17, 2011
    The above comments that I posted are from :

    Here is the egg casserole link she was referring too for the strata :

    Here is a frittata recipe :
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    FREDA GABLE cookin4me - 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 Karla59 - Jul 17, 2011
    I didn't know either so I checked it out and thats what I found , the recipes sound really good too.