Caramelized Onion, Spinach and Gruyere Strata with Sauteed Cherry Tomatoes

Total Time:
1 hr 55 min
Prep:
35 min
Cook:
1 hr 20 min

Yield:
8 servings
Level:
Easy

Ingredients
  • For the strata:
  • 6 cups cubed day-old French bread
  • 2 tablespoons unsalted butter, plus more for the baking dish
  • 1 tablespoon canola oil
  • 2 large Spanish onions, halved and thinly sliced
  • 1 teaspoon sugar
  • Kosher salt and freshly ground pepper
  • 1 10 -ounce box frozen chopped spinach, thawed and squeezed dry
  • 10 large eggs
  • 3 cups whole milk
  • 1 cup heavy cream
  • 2 cups grated aged Gruyere cheese (about 8 ounces)
  • 2 teaspoons dijon mustard
  • 1 tablespoon finely chopped fresh thyme
  • 1/8 teaspoon freshly grated nutmeg
  • For the tomatoes:
  • 3 tablespoons canola oil
  • 2 pints cherry tomatoes
  • Kosher salt and freshly ground pepper
  • 3 tablespoons chopped fresh chives
Directions
  • Preheat the oven to 325 degrees F. Put the bread on a baking sheet and toast until lightly golden brown on both sides, about 10 minutes. Remove and let cool.

  • Meanwhile, heat the butter and canola oil in a large saute pan over medium heat until shimmering. Add the onions and toss to coat, then add the sugar and season with salt and pepper. Cook, stirring occasionally, until the onions are golden brown and caramelized, about 20 minutes. Remove from the heat and let cool slightly.

  • In a large bowl, combine the toasted bread, caramelized onions and spinach. In another large bowl, whisk the eggs, milk, heavy cream, 1 1/2 cups cheese, the mustard, 1 teaspoon salt, 1/2 teaspoon pepper, the thyme and nutmeg. Butter a 9-by-13-inch baking dish. Add the bread mixture to the baking dish, then pour the egg mixture over the bread and press down to make sure it is totally submerged.

  • Increase the oven temperature to 350 degrees F. Bake the strata, uncovered, until it is golden brown on top, puffed slightly and doesn't shimmy with uncooked custard when you shake the pan, 50 minutes to 1 hour; sprinkle with the remaining 1/2 cup cheese during the last 10 minutes of baking. Let cool 5 minutes before serving.

  • Meanwhile, prepare the tomatoes: Heat the canola oil in a large saute pan over high heat until it begins to shimmer. Add the cherry tomatoes, season with salt and pepper and cook until softened, 4 to 5 minutes. Add the chives and remove from the heat. Serve the strata with the sauteed tomatoes.

  • Photograph by Con Poulos


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