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Photo Credit: Elizabeth Newman

Green Strata

by Giada
Prep Time
10 minutes
Cook Time
45 minutes
Serves
6
Beginner
Photo Credit: Elizabeth Newman

Green Strata

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If you're looking for a way to get your quota of greens early in the day, you won't do better than this brilliantly verdant brunch dish. Leftovers make a nice desk lunch, too.

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Green Strata

Servings

6

Prep Time

10 minutes

Cook Time

45 minutes

Calories

0

Author:

Giada De Laurentiis

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Ingredients

  • 2 tablespoons unsalted butter (plus 1 teaspoon for the pan)
  • 4 leeks (trimmed, halved lengthwise, washed and cut into ¬æ-inch pieces)
  • 1 5ounce container baby spinach, chopped
  • 1 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon red pepper flakes
  • 1 bunch of asparagus (trimmed and chopped into 1/2 inch pieces)
  • 7 large eggs (at room temperature)
  • 3/4 cup grated pecorino cheese (plus 1/2 cup for the top)
  • 2 1/2 cups whole milk at room temperature
  • 1 1 pound loaf semolina bread or other white bread, cut into 1 inch cubes

Instructions

  1. In a large skillet, melt the 2 tablespoons of butter over medium heat. Add the leeks and cook, stirring often until soft and beginning to brown slightly, about 8 minutes. Add the chopped spinach and cook an additional 2 minutes until the spinach is wilted. Transfer the mixture to a colander and drain any excess liquid. Add the salt, chili flakes and asparagus and stir to combine. Set aside.
  2. Preheat the oven to 375°F. Butter a 9 x 13 baking dish with the remaining teaspoon of butter.
  3. In a large bowl, whisk the eggs to break up the yolks. Add the 3/4 cup of cheese, the milk and remaining 1/2 teaspoon salt and whisk until smooth. Add the bread and vegetable mixture and stir with a rubber spatula to coat well. Pour the mixture into the prepared pan and sprinkle with the remaining 1/2 cup cheese. Cover tightly with aluminum foil and bake, covered for 15 minutes.
  4. Uncover the baking dish and continue to bake for an additional 20 minutes or until the custard is set, the top is golden brown and a toothpick inserted in the middle of the dish comes out clean. Let the strata stand for 10 minutes before cutting into squares and serving warm.

Nutrition

Nutrition

Nutrition Serving Size
6
per serving
Calories
0
Amount/Serving % Daily Value
Carbs
53 grams
Protein
26 grams
Fat
21 grams
Saturated Fat
10 grams
Cholestrol
255 milligrams
Sodium
878 milligrams
Fiber
5 grams
Sugar
13 grams
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