Mediterranean Egg Strata

 

Mediterranean Egg Strata with Swiss Chard, Olives and Mozzarella

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Stratas can showcase the season’s produce and serve as a template for your own inspirations. Here CIA Chef Scott Samuel prepares Strata with Swiss Chard, Sun-Dried Tomatoes, Olives, Thyme and Fresh Mozzarella.

Yield: 12 portions

Ingredients

  • 1/4 cup olive oil
  • 1 tbsp. garlic, minced
  • 1/4 cup shallots, peeled, minced
  • 5 cups Swiss chard, stemmed, chopped
  • 1 tbsp. thyme leaves
  • 3 tbsp. marjoram leaves
  • 1/4 cup Italian parsley, stemmed, chopped
  • 2 tbsp. Kalamata olives, pitted, minced
  • 1 cup roasted red peppers, diced
  • 1/2 cup sun-dried tomatoes, sliced
  • 6 cups sourdough bread, torn into 1/2" pieces
  • 3/4 cup Parmesan cheese, grated, plus more for garnish
  • 1 cup mozzarella, diced
  • 1/2 cup Feta, diced
  • 1/2 tsp. kosher salt
  • 1/4 tsp. ground black pepper
  • 1/2 cup breadcrumbs, toasted
  • 8 eggs
  • 1 1/2 cups half-and-half
  • 1/2 tsp. Aleppo pepper or cayenne
  • Basil, chopped for garnish, as needed

Method

  1. Brush insides of two 1-quart dishes with a little olive oil, and dredge with the toasted breadcrumbs and set aside.
  2. In large skillet over medium heat, add the olive oil, garlic and shallot; sauté for 4 to 5 minutes or until the shallots start to color. Add the Swiss chard and cook for another 5 minutes (add a splash of water, if needed for deglazing). Add the thyme and marjoram and cook for another 3 minutes. Remove from the heat and place mixture in a large bowl with parsley, red pepper, olives, sun-dried tomatoes, bread chunks, ½ cup of the Parmesan, Feta and mozzarella and stir to mix. Season with kosher salt and pepper.
  3. Fill baking dishes evenly with the bread mixture.
  4. In a small bowl, whisk together the eggs with half-and-half. Season with the Aleppo pepper and pour the eggs over the top and sprinkle with the remaining Parmesan cheese. Cover and chill overnight.
  5. Preheat oven to 350° F. Bring the casserole to room temperature, and place on a baking sheet. Bake in the preheated oven for about 50 minutes, or until the eggs have set. Remove from the oven and let rest for 5 minutes before serving.
  6. Garnish with basil and add more Parmesan, if desired.

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