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Oysters Rockefeller Strata with Artichokes

Yield 8 servings
Each serving contains 28 milligrams of zinc or roughly double the recommended dietary requirement.

Ingredients

  • 4 bacon slices, cut into small pieces
  • 1 1/2 cups chopped fennel bulb (about 2 bulbs)
  • 1/2 cup chopped red onion
  • 1 (8-ounce) container standard oysters, undrained
  • 1 1/2 cups chopped smoked ham (about 6 ounces)
  • 3/4 cup chopped fresh parsley
  • 1 (14-ounce) can artichoke hearts, drained and chopped
  • 1 cup part-skim ricotta cheese
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground red pepper
  • 5 large eggs
  • 3 1/4 cups 1% low-fat milk
  • 1 (10-ounce) package frozen chopped spinach, thawed, drained, and squeezed dry
  • 1 (16-ounce) loaf sourdough bread baguette, cut into 1/2-inch slices and toasted
  • Cooking spray
  • 2 tablespoons (1/2 ounce) grated fresh Parmesan cheese
  • 2 teaspoons paprika

Nutrition Information

  • calories 385
  • caloriesfromfat 29 %
  • fat 12.4 g
  • satfat 5 g
  • monofat 4.5 g
  • polyfat 1.4 g
  • protein 26.7 g
  • carbohydrate 42.6 g
  • fiber 2.6 g
  • cholesterol 181 mg
  • iron 6.3 mg
  • sodium 1018 mg
  • calcium 395 mg

How to Make It

  1. Cook bacon in a Dutch oven over medium heat until crisp. Add fennel and onion to pan; sauté 8 minutes or until soft. Remove bacon mixture from pan. Add undrained oysters to pan; cook 3 minutes or until edges of oysters begin to curl. Remove oysters from pan; discard cooking liquid. Chop oysters; add to bacon mixture. Stir in ham, parsley, and artichokes.

  2. Combine ricotta, nutmeg, red pepper, and 1 egg in a bowl; stir with a whisk until well-blended. Add 4 eggs; stir well. Stir in milk and spinach.

  3. Arrange half of toast in a single layer in a 13 x 9-inch baking dish coated with cooking spray. Spoon half of oyster mixture evenly over bread. Pour half of milk mixture over oyster mixture; repeat layers. Sprinkle with Parmesan and paprika. Cover; refrigerate 8 hours or overnight.

  4. Preheat oven to 350°.

  5. Uncover and bake at 350° for 45 minutes or until set.

  6. Note: Fresh shucked oysters, which are often packaged in pop-top containers, come in three sizes; select, standard, and stewing. Standard are average size.