Monday, January 25, 2010


The fragrance of this dish made my house smile. I'm not kidding. Heavenly. This is a great recipe for brunch or special occasion breakfast.

Leftovers should be reheated in the oven, not the microwave. You want to crisp it up not just make it hot. Also, the recipe says 8 servings but since it is so rich we got around 10 servings. Enjoy.

Spinach and Cheese Strata
Adapted by Smitten Kitchen from Gourmet Magazine, February 2003
Serves 8
1 (10 ounce) package frozen spinach, thawed, squeeze of all excess liquid, and chopped
1 1/2 cups finely chopped onion (1 large)
3 tablespoons unsalted butter
1 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon black pepper
1/4 teaspoon freshly grated nutmeg
8 cups cubed French or Italian bread in 1-inch cubes (1/2 lb)
6 ounces coarsely grated Gruyère (2 cups)
2 ounces finely grated parmesan (1 cup)
2 3/4 cups milk
9 large eggs
2 tablespoons Dijon mustard
Sauté onion in butter in a large, heavy skillet over medium heat until soft, about 5 minutes. Add 1/2 teaspoon salt, 1/4 teaspoon pepper and nutmeg and continue cooking for one minute. Stir in spinach, remove from heat and set aside.
Spread one third of the bread cubes in a well-buttered 3-quart gratin dish or other ceramic baking dish. Top with one-third of bread cubes,one-third of spinach mixture and one-third of each cheese. Repeat layering twice with remaining bread, spinach and cheese.
Whisk eggs, milk, mustard and remaining 1/2 teaspoon salt and 1/4 teaspoon pepper together in a large bowl and pour evenly over strata. Cover with plastic wrap and chill strata for eat least 8 hours or up to a day.
The next day, let it stand at room temperature for 30 minutes while preheating the oven to 350°F. Bake strata, uncovered, in middle of oven until puffed, golden brown, and cooked through, 45 to 55 minutes. Let stand 5 minutes before serving.


  1. After getting your comment about Miss Hargreaves, I thought I'd pop over - and my mouth start watering! I love spinach, and this looks amazing... will definitely be trying it at some point.

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  3. This was absolutely amazing! The flavors blended perfectly -- I'll definitely be making it again. Thanks so much for posting the recipe...