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Strata with Broccoli & Sun-Dried Tomatoes


Strata with Broccoli & Sun-Dried Tomatoes
The ultimate brunch dish, strata can be assembled the night before and baked in the morning. It’s a great way to use leftover veggies and cheeses, but be fussy about the bread: It should be real French bread and at least a day old. If you only have fresh bread available, tear it into bite-size pieces, spread on a baking sheet, and toast briefly in an oven heated to 250°F.
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Ingredients
  1. 4 tablespoons butter, plus more for greasing
  2. 1½ cups chopped onions
  3. 2 large cloves garlic, finely chopped
  4. 2 teaspoons dried oregano
  5. 1½ pounds (24 ounces) broccoli florets
  6. ¾ cup julienned sun-dried tomatoes
  7. 1 teaspoon salt, divided
  8. 1½ cups grated sharp cheddar
  9. 1½ cups finely grated Parmesan
  10. 8 large eggs
  11. ½ teaspoon ground black pepper
  12. ½ teaspoon grated fresh nutmeg
  13. 3 cups milk
  14. 8 cups torn, day-old French bread
Instructions
  1. Melt butter in a large, deep skillet over medium heat. Add onions and cook until softened and translucent. Stir in garlic and oregano; cook 2 minutes. Add broccoli, sun-dried tomatoes, and ½ teaspoon salt. Cover and cook until broccoli is just tender.
  2. Combine cheeses; set aside. In a medium bowl, beat eggs, pepper, nutmeg, and remaining salt until blended, then beat in milk.
  3. To assemble strata, butter a large lasagna pan or 5-quart baking dish. Spread half the bread in the dish, top with half the broccoli mixture, and then half the cheese mixture. Repeat, layering remaining ingredients. Pour egg mixture over the filling, cover, and refrigerate 8 hours to overnight.
  4. Let strata come to room temperature before baking. Heat oven to 350°F. Bake 50 to 60 minutes, until golden and puffed. Let stand 5 minutes before serving.
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Elaine Khosrova

Elaine Khorova is the original Editor-in-Chief of culture magazine and the current recipe writer extraordinaire. She resides in the Hudson Valley of New York where she is working on a book about the history of butter.

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