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Ham, Cheese and Spinach Strata

This is truly a dish that works for grown-ups and kids alike (perfect for any family gathering

November 30th, 2015

Recipe and photo excerpted from Trish Magwood's In My Mother's Kitchen

The perfect Christmas morning brunch dish. This can be made the night before and taken out of the fridge before the presents are unwrapped and slid into the oven immediately after everyone has exhausted themselves with all the fun. Voilà. A festive and delicious breakfast for all those famished gift unwrappers.
Makes 6 - 8 Servings
  • 3 tbsp butter
  • 1 medium onion, finely chopped
  • 3/4 lb thinly sliced Black Forest ham, cut into wide ribbons
  • 6 cups baby spinach, washed, dried and coarsely chopped
  • 2 cups grated Gruyere
  • 1 cup grated Parmigiano-Reggiano
  • 1 baguette, cut into 1-inch cubes (about 7 cups)
  • 9 large eggs
  • 3 cups 2% milk
  • 2 tbsp Dijon mustard
  • 2 tsp dry mustard
  • 1 tsp kosher salt
  • 1/4 tsp nutmeg
  • a few pinches cayenne pepper and black pepper to taste
  1. Butter a deep 9- x 13-inch (3 L) gratin dish.

  2. In a heavy frying pan, melt butter over medium heat. Add onion and cook, stirring occasionally, until soft, about 4 minutes. Add ham and cook lightly. Remove from heat and add spinach, using tongs to incorporate.

  3. Mix cheeses together. Spread one-third of the bread in the gratin dish. Top with one-third of the spinach mixture. Sprinkle with one-third of the cheese. Repeat layering, ending with cheese on top.

  4. In a large bowl, whisk together eggs, milk, Dijon, dry mustard, salt, nutmeg, cayenne and black pepper.

  5. Pour evenly over strata. Cover and refrigerate 6 to 8 hours. Bring to room temperature before baking.

  6. Preheat oven to 350 F (180 C). Uncover strata and bake for 50 minutes or until bread is golden and eggs are set. Let stand a few minutes before serving.

Ham, Cheese and Spinach Strata

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