Buy canned, quartered artichoke hearts because they're less expensive than whole artichoke hearts. Buy presliced mushrooms.
1 teaspoon olive oil
2 cups diced zucchini
2 cups sliced mushrooms
1 cup diced red bell pepper
1 cup diced onion
2 garlic cloves, crushed
3/4 cup chopped drained canned artichoke hearts
8 cups (1-inch) cubed Italian bread (about 8 ounces)
1 cup (4 ounces) shredded reduced-fat extra-sharp cheddar cheese
1/4 cup (1 ounce) grated fresh Parmesan cheese
1 1/2 cups egg substitute
1 teaspoon dried Italian seasoning
1/2 teaspoon dry mustard
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon pepper
1 (12-ounce) can evaporated skim milk
Oregano sprigs (optional)
How to Make It
Heat oil in a nonstick skillet over medium-high heat. Add zucchini, mushrooms, bell pepper, onion, and garlic, and sauté vegetable mixture 6 minutes or until tender. Remove from heat. Stir in artichokes, and set aside.
Arrange Italian bread cubes in a 13 x 9-inch baking dish coated with cooking spray. Spoon zucchini mixture evenly over bread cubes, and sprinkle mixture with cheeses.
Combine egg substitute and remaining ingredients (except oregano sprigs) in a large bowl; stir with a whisk. Pour egg mixture over zucchini mixture. Cover mixture with foil; chill up to 1 day.
Preheat oven to 325°. Bake strata, covered, 1 hour or until bubbly. Garnish with oregano sprigs, if desired.
Wow! This was my first time making a strata, and this recipe was so delicious and easy, and was not soggy one bit. I made it before hand and served it for Christmas breakfast. I put red peppers, green peppers, sausage, and onions in it. The whole family loved it - this one's a keeper!
My family loved this, although with a salad the three of us (admitedly including 2 large men) ate the whole thing, so if you have more people to feed, make lots of side dishes. I followed the recipe exactly except to use fresh spinach instead of squash, more basil and oregano, and part-skim ricotta instead of cheddar. The ricotta gave it a wonderful creamy texture. It needed the full hour to bake, and then I let it sit in the oven for ten minutes without the foil while we set table. Really good dish!
This didn't do it for me. I thought it was bland, even with the addition of extra cheese and salt. It was also too dry for my tastes. If I did it again, I'd use less bread. But I probably won't do it again. It was a waste of a lot of good vegetables.
Good make-ahead dish. Next time I will add the oregano and saute it with the veggies to up the flavor. I also will add more salt and pepper.. I'm going to try all of the strata recipes and see which one is the best. This is the first time I tried a strata and I think its great for breakfast, lunch, or dinner.
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