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Caramelized Onion, Swiss Chard, and Fontina Cheese Strata

Caramelized Onion, Swiss Chard, and Fontina Cheese Strata

Inspired by the flavors of French onion soup, this strata also features a layer of crumbled tofu. It makes a satisfying vegetarian lunch accompanied by fresh sliced tomatoes drizzled with balsamic vinaigrette.

Cooking Light JULY 2007

  • Yield: 8 servings


  • Cooking spray
  • 3 cups thinly sliced Vidalia or other sweet onion
  • 8 cups coarsely chopped Swiss chard (about 1 pound)
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt, divided
  • 1 1/3 cups fat-free milk
  • 1 cup egg substitute
  • 1/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
  • 1/8 teaspoon crushed red pepper
  • Dash of ground nutmeg
  • 12 ounces French bread, cut into (1/2-inch) cubes (about 10 cups)
  • 3/4 cup drained, crumbled water-packed firm tofu
  • 1 cup (4 ounces) shredded fontina cheese


Heat a large nonstick skillet over medium heat. Coat pan with cooking spray. Add onion; cook 12 minutes or until browned, stirring frequently. Add chard; cook 5 minutes or until chard wilts, stirring frequently. Remove from heat; stir in 1/4 teaspoon salt. Cool.

Combine remaining 1/4 teaspoon salt, milk, and next 5 ingredients (through bread) in a large bowl; toss well to coat. Place half of bread mixture in an 11 x 7-inch baking dish coated with cooking spray. Top evenly with tofu, half of chard mixture, and 1/2 cup cheese. Top evenly with remaining bread mixture, remaining chard mixture, and remaining 1/2 cup cheese. Cover with foil coated with cooking spray. Refrigerate 8 hours or overnight.

Preheat oven to 350°.

Remove strata from refrigerator; let stand at room temperature 15 minutes. Bake strata, covered, at 350° for 30 minutes. Uncover and bake an additional 15 minutes or until set. Let stand 10 minutes before serving.

Nutritional Information

Amount per serving
  • Calories: 262
  • Calories from fat: 29%
  • Fat: 8.3g
  • Saturated fat: 3.5g
  • Monounsaturated fat: 2.1g
  • Polyunsaturated fat: 1.1g
  • Protein: 16.3g
  • Carbohydrate: 31.3g
  • Fiber: 3.1g
  • Cholesterol: 18mg
  • Iron: 3.3mg
  • Sodium: 717mg
  • Calcium: 240mg

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