Recipe Review

Al Roker’s Viral Breakfast Recipe Is a Delicious Way to Put Leftovers to Use

published May 16, 2022
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Al Roker attends the Sixth Annual Blue Jacket Fashion Show at Moonlight Studios on February 17, 2022 in New York City.
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In addition to participating in cooking demos on TODAY, long-time co-anchor Al Roker has also become known for offering up his own recipes off the air as well. The latest in a series of posts in which he shares a breakfast he’s prepared for his son Nick, Roker gave fans a creative way to repurpose leftover veggies and pastries.

Initially revealing the recipe in an Instagram post showing the final product — which he called a strata — Roker ran down the ingredients: a stale croissant, three eggs, whole milk, leftover zucchini, bacon, and cheddar cheese. Once the post went viral, amassing over 150,000 views, it only made sense for the full recipe to be posted on

Start by preheating your oven to 350°F while bringing the short ingredients list together. Whisk three eggs and a splash of whole milk in a bowl, to which you will add a hand-shredded stale croissant. As you allow the croissant to soak in the egg mixture, add in cooked zucchini, leftover prepared bacon, and grated cheddar cheese. Combine all ingredients and pour them into a baking dish prepped with olive oil cooking spray, and bake for 20 minutes.

This simple recipe does offer a couple of customizing options: the whole milk can be replaced with half-and-half, while any cooked veggie can stand in for the zucchini. The idea is to prepare this hearty breakfast using items that are already in your fridge and pantry.

Will you be giving this recipe a try or opting for something a little different?