I thought this was the best strata I have ever eaten. I love the wine and the chicken broth rather than the milk. I wouldn't change a thing on this recipe. I have served this 3 times now and it always gets rave reviews.
Creamy Egg Strata
Photo: Iain Bagwell; Styling: Heather Chadduck
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Total: 10 Hours, 10 Minutes
- 1/2 (16-oz.) French bread loaf, cubed (about 5 cups)
- 6 tablespoons butter, divided
- 2 cups (8 oz.) shredded Swiss cheese
- 1/2 cup freshly grated Parmesan cheese
- 1/3 cup chopped onion
- 1 teaspoon minced garlic
- 3 tablespoons all-purpose flour
- 1 1/2 cups chicken broth
- 3/4 cup dry white wine
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- 1/2 teaspoon freshly ground pepper
- 1/4 teaspoon ground nutmeg
- 1/2 cup sour cream
- 8 large eggs, lightly beaten
- Garnish: chopped fresh chives
- 1. Place bread cubes in a well-buttered 13- x 9-inch baking dish. Melt 3 Tbsp. butter, and drizzle over bread cubes. Sprinkle with cheeses.
- 2. Melt remaining 3 Tbsp. butter in a medium saucepan over medium heat; add onion and garlic. Sauté 2 to 3 minutes or until tender. Whisk in flour until smooth; cook, whisking constantly, 2 to 3 minutes or until lightly browned. Whisk in broth and next 4 ingredients until blended. Bring mixture to a boil; reduce heat to medium-low, and simmer, stirring occasionally, 15 minutes or until thickened. Remove from heat. Stir in sour cream. Add salt and pepper to taste.
- 3. Gradually whisk about one-fourth of hot sour cream mixture into eggs; add egg mixture to remaining sour cream mixture, whisking constantly. Pour mixture over cheese in baking dish. Cover with plastic wrap, and chill 8 to 24 hours.
- 4. Let strata stand at room temperature 1 hour. Preheat oven to 350°. Remove plastic wrap, and bake 30 minutes or until set. Serve immediately.
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