Light And Fluffy Spinach And Cheese Strata

Light And Fluffy Spinach And Cheese Strata
Source: The Six O'Clock Scramble Meal Planner. Recipe Credit: . Photo Credit: Renee Comet.
Summary

Author Aviva Goldfarb: "It took me a few attempts, but I finally made the strata of my dreams. In case you aren’t familiar with it, strata is an Italian baked egg and bread dish. This is a great dish to serve at a brunch, especially because you can make it in advance, but it also makes a nice change for a family dinner. Serve with blueberries or blackberries."

This recipe from The Six O'Clock Scramble Meal Planner, by Aviva Goldfarb. To order directly from the American Diabetes Association, click here.

  • Prep time
    15 min
  • Cook time
    50 min
  • Servings
    8 Servings
  • Serving size
    2 1/4 × 3 1/4-inch piece
Nutrition Facts

Nutrition Facts

8 Servings

  • Serving Size
    2 1/4 × 3 1/4-inch piece
  • Amount per serving Calories 200

  • Total Fat 10g
    • Saturated Fat 4.5g
    • Trans Fat 0g
  • Cholesterol 155mg
  • Sodium 420mg
  • Total Carbohydrate 12g
    • Dietary Fiber 1g
    • Total Sugars 3g
  • Protein 15g
  • Potassium 250mg
  • Phosphorus 290mg
Ingredients

Ingredients

  • frozen chopped spinach
    10 oz
  • eggs
    6
  • milk (non-fat or low-fat)
    1 1/2 cup
  • cheddar cheese (shredded, reduced-fat)
    1 cup
  • Swiss cheese (shredded)
    1/2 cup
  • herbes de Provence or thyme, or other Italian herbs
    1 tsp
  • garlic powder
    1/2 tsp
  • salt
    1/4 tsp
  • bacon ((turkey, pork, or meatless), cooked and diced (optional))
    3 slice
  • ciabatta bread (about 1/2 inch thick, cubed, or use any day-old bread (about 4 cups))
    6 slice
Directions

Directions

  1. DO AHEAD OR DELEGATE: Defrost the spinach, combine and refrigerate the eggs and the milk, shred the cheese, if necessary, and refrigerate, combine the dry seasonings, cube the bread, or fully assemble and refrigerate the strata.

  2. Defrost the spinach in the microwave or on the stovetop. Spray a 9 × 13-inch glass or ceramic baking dish with nonstick cooking spray. Cook the bacon, if necessary.

  3. In a large bowl, whisk together the eggs and the milk. Whisk in the cheeses, herbs, garlic powder, and salt. Stir in the spinach, bacon (optional), and bread cubes until the bread is completely moistened. Pour the egg mixture into the baking dish, smoothing it with the back of a spoon, if necessary. Refrigerate, covered, for at least 4 hours and up to 24 hours.

  4. When you are ready to bake it, remove the strata from the refrigerator and preheat the oven to 350°F. Bake it in the center of the oven, uncovered, for 45–50 minutes until it is browned on the edges and cooked through in the center. Cut into squares to serve.

  5. SLOW COOKER DIRECTIONS: In the slow cooker, whisk together the eggs and the milk, then whisk in the cheeses, herbs, garlic powder, and salt. Stir in the spinach, bacon, and bread cubes until the bread is completely moistened. Cook on low for 4–5 hours or on high for 2–3 hours. (Slow cooker cooking times may vary—get to know your slow cooker and, if necessary, adjust cooking times accordingly.)

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