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Soft Pretzel Strata

  • Author: Molly
  • Total Time: 6 hours
  • Yield: 8 servings 1x


This Soft Pretzel Strata is a breakfast casserole on flavor steroids. Soft pretzels are cubed, soaked in a flavorful egg custard featuring mustard, bacon, and two types of cheese, and then baked to fluffy perfection!


  • 6 cups cubed soft pretzels (roughly 6-7 large pretzels)
  • 4 slices bacon, diced
  • 1 medium onion, diced
  • 12 large eggs
  • 2 cups half-and-half
  • 2 tablespoons whole grain mustard
  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1 teaspoon ground black pepper
  • 6 oz sharp cheddar cheese, freshly grated
  • 4 oz gruyere cheese, freshly grated
  • Fresh chives, for garnish
  • Flaky salt or pretzel salt, for garnish


Prepping the Strata (best done the night before serving):

  1. Butter or spray a 9 x 13-inch baking dish.
  2. Cube your pretzels and place them in the dish.
  3. In a skillet set over medium heat, crisp up the bacon. Remove from the pan with a slotted spoon and sprinkle the bacon over the pretzels in the baking dish, distributing it evenly. If preferred, you can save back a few pieces for garnishing the top (unnecessary but nice for presentation).
  4. To the bacon drippings in the skillet, cook the onion with a pinch of salt. Cook until softened, about 5-7 minutes. Distribute the onions in the pan with the pretzels, just as you did with the bacon.
  5. In a large mixing bowl, whisk together the eggs, half-and-half, mustard, salt, and pepper until well combined.
  6. Sprinkle half the cheeses over the pretzels in the pan. Pour the egg mixture over everything, distributing it as evenly as you can.
  7. Gently press the pretzels down into the egg custard so that everything is evenly submerged.
  8. Cover the dish with plastic wrap and transfer to the fridge to set for at least 4 hours (longer is better – I try to do this the day before I want to serve and have it set in the fridge overnight).

Baking the Strata:

  1. Remove the baking dish from the fridge and preheat the oven to 350°F.
  2. Sprinkle the remaining cheeses over top of the strata (as well as any bacon you may have reserved).
  3. Bake for 50-60 minutes, or until the custard is set and the top is golden brown and crisp in spots. Allow to cool slightly before serving.
  4. Sprinkle over fresh chives and flaky salt right before serving.


  • This is a great dish to prep ahead and bake just before serving. It is best served hot, but it is also delicious when eaten at room temperature.
  • Feel free to skip the bacon to keep this vegetarian. Use a tablespoon of butter or oil to cook the onions if skipping the bacon.
  • Feel free to switch up the cheeses as well. Gouda, Swiss, or manchego cheeses would all be delicious here.
  • Soft pretzels are ideal here, but if you can’t find large soft pretzels, any crusty, bakery-style bread will work. Pretzel rolls would be a great alternative for similar flavor!
  • Prep Time: 5 hours (mostly inactive chilling time)
  • Cook Time: 1 hour
  • Category: breakfast casserole

Keywords: soft pretzel strata, soft pretzel egg bake, soft pretzel egg casserole, soft pretzel breakfast casserole