Double-Sided Strata

Total Time:
1 hr 50 min
Prep:
20 min
Inactive:
30 min
Cook:
1 hr

Yield:
6 to 8 servings
Level:
Intermediate

Ingredients
  • 1 (10-ounce) package frozen spinach, thawed
  • 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 (1 inch) French or Italian bread (1/2 pound)
  • 2 cups coarsely grated Gruyere (about 6 ounces)
  • 1 cup finely grated Parmigiano-Reggiano (about 2 ounces)
  • 1 cup cooked breakfast sausage, ham, or shredded meat (optional)
  • 2 3/4 cups milk
  • 9 large eggs
  • 2 tablespoons Dijon mustard
Directions
  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.

  • Squeeze handfuls of spinach to remove as much liquid as possible, then finely chop.

  • Cook onion in butter in a large heavy skillet over moderate heat, stirring, until soft, 4 to 5 minutes. Add 1/2 teaspoon salt, 1/4 teaspoon pepper, and nutmeg and cook, stirring, 1 minute. Stir in spinach, then remove from heat.

  • In a large bowl, toss together the bread cubes, spinach mixture, 1 3/4 cups of the Gruyere, and 3/4 cup of the Parmigiano. Transfer 1/2 of the bread mixture to another bowl and toss with sausage.

  • Line a 9 by 13-inch baking dish with several pieces of foil, to form 2 enclosed sides, building a "dam" of foil down the center crosswise. Butter the foil. Put the "vegetarian" mixture in 1 side, and the "meat-eaters" mixture in the other.

  • Whisk together milk, eggs, mustard, remaining 1/2 teaspoon salt and 1/4 teaspoon pepper in a large bowl and pour evenly over each side. Sprinkle with the remaining 1/4 cup Gruyere, and 1/4 cup Parmigiano. Let the strata sit at room temperature for 30 minutes.

  • Bake strata, uncovered, in middle of oven until puffed, golden brown, and cooked through, 45 to 55 minutes. Let stand 5 minutes before serving.


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