Mediterranean Spinach Strata

Becky Luigart-Stayner; Lydia DeGaris-Pursell

Fresh tomatoes and spinach pair well with nutty Asiago and tangy feta cheese in this make-ahead dish that's great for lunch, brunch or dinner. Substitute Parmesan, Romano, or sharp provolone cheese for the Asiago, if you prefer. Presliced mushrooms and packaged spinach provide a head start. A single serving of this strata contains about a third of your daily calcium needs

Yield: 10 servings
Recipe from Cooking Light

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Nutritional Information

Amount per serving
  • Calories: 297
  • Calories from fat: 29%
  • Fat: 9.5g
  • Saturated fat: 4.4g
  • Monounsaturated fat: 2.8g
  • Polyunsaturated fat: 1g
  • Protein: 17.9g
  • Carbohydrate: 36g
  • Fiber: 3.1g
  • Cholesterol: 125mg
  • Iron: 3.5mg
  • Sodium: 720mg
  • Calcium: 332mg

Ingredients

  • 2 (8-ounce) loaves French bread baguette, cut into 1-inch-thick slices
  • Cooking spray
  • 1 cup chopped onion
  • 4 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1 (8-ounce) package presliced mushrooms
  • 1 tablespoon all-purpose flour
  • 2 (7-ounce) bags baby spinach
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt, divided
  • 1/2 teaspoon black pepper, divided
  • 3 cups thinly sliced plum tomato (about 1 pound)
  • 1 (4-ounce) package crumbled feta cheese
  • 3/4 cup (3 ounces) grated Asiago cheese, divided
  • 3 cups fat-free milk
  • 2 tablespoons Dijon mustard
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons dried oregano
  • 5 large eggs, lightly beaten
  • 4 large egg whites, lightly beaten

Preparation

  1. Preheat oven to 350°.
  2. Place bread slices in a single layer on a baking sheet. Bake at 350° for 12 minutes or until lightly browned.
  3. Heat a large nonstick skillet coated with cooking spray over medium-high heat. Add onion, garlic, and mushrooms; sauté 5 minutes or until tender. Sprinkle flour over mushroom mixture; cook 1 minute, stirring constantly. Add 1 bag of spinach; cook 3 minutes or until spinach wilts. Add remaining spinach; cook 3 minutes or until spinach wilts. Stir in 1/4 teaspoon salt and 1/4 teaspoon pepper.
  4. Place half of bread slices in bottom of a 13 x 9-inch baking dish coated with cooking spray. Spread spinach mixture over bread. Top with tomato slices; sprinkle evenly with feta and half of Asiago cheese. Arrange remaining bread slices over cheese. Combine 1/4 teaspoon salt, 1/4 teaspoon pepper, milk, and remaining ingredients, stirring well with a whisk. Pour over bread; sprinkle with remaining Asiago cheese. Cover and chill 8 hours or overnight.
  5. Preheat oven to 350°.
  6. Uncover strata; bake at 350° for 40 minutes or until lightly browned and set. Serve warm.
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