Spinach and Cheese Strata

Ingredients:

  • 1 (10 ounce) package frozen spinach, thawed, squeezed of all excess liquid, and chopped
  • 1 1/2 cups finely chopped onion (1 large)
  • 3 tablespoons unsalted butter
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon black pepper
  • 1/4 teaspoon freshly grated nutmeg
  • 8 cups cubed French or Italian bread in 1-inch cubes
  • 6 ounces coarsely grated Gruyère
  • 2 ounces finely grated parmesan
  • 2 3/4 cups milk
  • 9 large eggs
  • 2 tablespoons Dijon mustard

Directions:

  1. Sauté onion in butter in a large, heavy skillet over medium heat until soft, about 5 minutes.
  2. Add 1/2 teaspoon salt, 1/4 teaspoon pepper and nutmeg and continue cooking for one minute.
  3. Stir in spinach, remove from heat and set aside.
  4. Spread one third of the bread cubes in a well-buttered 3-quart gratin dish or other ceramic baking dish.
  5. Top with one-third of bread cubes,one-third of spinach mixture and one-third of each cheese.
  6. Repeat layering twice with remaining bread, spinach and cheese.
  7. 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.
  8. Cover with plastic wrap and chill strata for eat least 8 hours or up to a day.
  9. The next day, let it stand at room temperature for 30 minutes while preheating the oven to 350°F.
  10. Bake strata, uncovered, in middle of oven until puffed, golden brown, and cooked through, 45 to 55 minutes.
  11. Let stand 5 minutes before serving.

Source:  http://smittenkitchen.com/blog/2009/12/spinach-and-cheese-strata/

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