Spinach & Cheese Strata

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Adapted from http://smittenkitchen.com/blog/2009/12/spinach-and-cheese-strata/ and Gourmet, February 2003

Serves 10

16 oz package frozen spinach, thawed, squeezed in a towel to remove all excess liquid, and chopped
1 1/2 cups finely chopped onion (1 large)
1 garlic clove, minced
3 tablespoons unsalted butter
1 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon black pepper
8 oz button mushrooms, halved, sliced and sauteed until liquid is released and mushrooms are browned
8 cups cubed French or Italian* bread in 3/4″ cubes (1/2 lb) (about 9 slices) (I want to try sourdough deli loaf and whole wheat next time)
6 ounces coarsely grated Gruyère (2 cups)
5 ounces crumbled goat cheese
2 ounces finely grated parmesan (1 cup)
2 3/4 cups half and half
9 large or extra-large eggs
2 tablespoons Dijon mustard

Sauté onion in butter in a large, heavy skillet over medium heat until very soft, about 15 minutes. Add the garlic, 1/2 teaspoon salt, 1/4 teaspoon pepper and continue cooking for one minute. Add the spinach, breaking it up with your fingers as you go.  Stir to combine, remove from heat and set aside.

Spread one third of the bread cubes in a well-buttered 3-quart gratin dish or 9×13″ pan. Top with one-third of spinach mixture, one-third of the mushrooms, and one-third of each cheese. Repeat layering twice with remaining bread, spinach and cheese.

Whisk eggs, milk, mustard and remaining 1/2 teaspoon salt and 1/4 teaspoon pepper together in a large bowl and pour evenly over strata. Cover with plastic wrap and chill strata for at least 8 hours or up to a day.  (Chilling 24 hours has worked very well for me.)

The next day, preheat the oven to 325 degrees.  Bake strata, uncovered, in middle of oven until puffed, golden brown, and cooked through, 70-75 minutes. Let stand 15 minutes before serving.

To freeze, cut into portions and freeze on a tray.  When frozen, put them in a freezer bag.  Reheat, covered, in the microwave for 1 or 2 minutes.

 

A half-recipe can be baked in an 8×8″ pan for about 55-60 minutes.  (How do you divide 9 eggs by 2?  Put in four eggs.  Beat a 5th egg separately and add 2 Tablespoons of it to your bowl.)

*Image result for oroweat italian breador Image result for san luis sourdough

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Published in: on September 4, 2015 at 2:18 pm  Comments (2)  

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  1. […] Spinach & Cheese Strata […]

  2. This was absolutely divine! I encourage your faithful readers to give it a try!


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