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Community Recipe
from [Myra2010]
Spinach and Cheese Strata

Spinach and Cheese Strata

6 to 8 servings

  • Yield: 6 servings

Ingredients

  • 1 (10 oz) pkge frozen spinach
  • 1 1/2 cup(s) finely chopped onion (1 large)
  • 3 tablespoon(s) unsalted butter
  • 1 teaspoon(s) salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon(s) black pepper
  • 1/4 teaspoon(s) nutmeg freshly grated
  • 8 cup(s) French or Italian bread (1/2 lb) cubed
  • 6 ounce(s) Gruyere cheese coarsley grated
  • 2 ounce(s) parmagiano reggiano finely grated (1 cup)
  • 2 3/4 cup(s) milk
  • 9 large eggs
  • 2 tablespoon(s) dijon mustard

Preparation

Squeeze handfuls of spinach to remove as much liquid as possible, then finely chop.

Cook onion in butter in a large heavy skillet over moderate heat, stirring, until soft, 4 to 5 minutes. Add 1/2 teaspoon salt, 1/4 teaspoon pepper, and nutmeg and cook, stirring, 1 minute. Stir in spinach, then remove from heat.

Spread one third of bread cubes in a buttered 3-quart gratin dish or other shallow ceramic baking dish and top evenly with one third of spinach mixture. Sprinkle with one third of each cheese. Repeat layering twice (ending with cheeses).

Whisk together milk, eggs, mustard, and remaining 1/2 teaspoon salt and 1/4 teaspoon pepper in a large bowl and pour evenly over strata. Chill strata, covered with plastic wrap, at least 8 hours (for bread to absorb custard).

Preheat oven to 350°F. Let strata stand at room temperature 30 minutes.

Bake strata, uncovered, in middle of oven until puffed, golden brown, and cooked through, 45 to 55 minutes. Let stand 5 minutes before serving.

Cooks' note:

• Strata can be chilled up to 1 day. Let stand at room temperature 30 minutes before baking.

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