Rich and savory, this strata is packed with traditional omelet fillings: mushrooms, ham, and Swiss cheese. Substitute other favorite omelet ingredients to vary this simple recipe.
1 teaspoon olive oil
1 1/2 cups thinly sliced shallots
6 cups sliced cremini mushrooms (about 14 ounces)
1/2 cup chopped reduced-fat ham
1/4 cup chopped fresh parsley
12 (1-ounce) slices hearty white bread, cut into 1/2-inch cubes (about 9 cups)
1 cup (4 ounces) shredded Gruyère or other Swiss cheese
1 2/3 cups fat-free milk
1 cup egg substitute
2 teaspoons Dijon mustard
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
1 tablespoon chopped fresh chives (optional)
How to Make It
Heat oil in a large nonstick skillet over medium-high heat. Add shallots; sauté 3 minutes or until translucent. Add mushrooms, and sauté 7 minutes or until mushrooms release moisture. Cool slightly. Stir in ham and parsley.
Arrange half of bread in a 13 x 9-inch baking dish coated with cooking spray. Top bread with half of the mushroom mixture and 1/2 cup of shredded cheese. Repeat layers with remaining bread, mushroom mixture, and 1/2 cup cheese.
Combine milk and next 4 ingredients (through pepper), stirring with a whisk; pour evenly over bread mixture. Cover with foil coated with cooking spray. Refrigerate for 8 hours.
Preheat oven to 350º.
Remove strata from refrigerator, and let stand at room temperature 15 minutes. Bake strata, covered, at 350º for 30 minutes. Uncover and bake an additional 20 minutes or until set and golden brown. Sprinkle with chives, if desired.
Very good, and I will definitely make again. I used 8 oz of button mushrooms and chopped tomatoes, and onion instead of shallots. Used fresh grated Parmesan cheese and added some dried Italian seasoning and a dash or two of hot sauce to the egg mix.
This is the 2nd time I prepared this recipe and am pleased with way it turned out. I did find that 12 oz. of bread did not equal 9 cups so I ended up using about 2-3 more slices of bread and am glad that I did so. Also, I had some fat-free half-and-half on hand so I used that instead of the skim milk and I think that it made the strata taste richer.
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