- 2 cups torn bread
- 2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
- coarse salt and ground pepper
- 4 cups packed flat-leaf spinach, washed
- 1 medium yellow onion, finely chopped
- 1 garlic clove, minced
- 1/4 cup white wine
- 2 tablespoons all-purpose flour
- 1 1/2 cups half-and-half
- 1/2 teaspoon fresh lemon juice
- 1 cup shredded rotisserie chicken
- Preheat oven to 450 degrees. In a medium bowl, combine bread with 1 tablespoon oil; season with salt. Set aside. In a medium pot, heat 1 1/2 teaspoons oil over medium-high. Add spinach; season with salt. Cook, stirring, until wilted, 2 minutes. Transfer to a colander, let cool, then squeeze out water. Coarsely chop.
- Wipe pot clean and heat 1 1/2 teaspoons oil over medium. Add onion, garlic; season with salt and pepper. Cook, stirring occasionally, until onion is soft, about 8 minutes.
- Add wine to pot and cook until almost evaporated, about 5 minutes. Add flour and cook, stirring, 30 seconds. Gradually whisk in half-and-half. Add lemon juice and bring mixture to a boil over high.
- Remove from heat and stir in chopped spinach and chicken; season with salt and pepper. Transfer to a 2-quart baking dish and top with bread pieces. Bake until bread is golden brown and mixture is bubbling, 8 to 10 minutes.
Brown the cheese on top next time in the broiler. Maybe add mushrooms. Make sure to have enough bread in the mix or this won’t reheat well. I used Jimmy Dean breakfast sausage and that worked out well…sweet Italian would not have been as good. I didn’t let this sit overnight before baking and it still turned out fine.
1 box or bag chopped frozen spinach
12 ounces bulk spicy breakfast sausage
2 tablespoons butter
1 onion, finely chopped
4 cloves garlic, finely chopped
Salt and freshly ground black pepper
Freshly grated nutmeg
1/2 pound stale white or French bread, cubed (7 to 8 cups)
2 cups milk or half-and-half
1/4 cup Dijon mustard (make sure to mix this in well)
2 cups shredded cheese…mozzarella works fine
Defrost the spinach in the microwave, and then wring out any excess liquid.
Brown and crumble the spicy breakfast sausage into a skillet, and then remove the crumbles to a plate. Return the skillet to the heat. Reduce the heat a little and melt the butter. To the skillet, add the onions and garlic and cook to soften, 5 to 6 minutes. Then add the spinach and season with salt, pepper and a little nutmeg. Turn off the heat and combine with the sausage bits.
Arrange half of the bread in a casserole dish.
Whisk the eggs with the milk, Dijon and some salt and pepper.
Scatter half of the sausage-spinach mixture over the bread, top with half the cheese, pour over half the eggs, repeat. Cover and store in the fridge at least overnight and up to a few days.
Bring the strata to room temperature for about 30 minutes before you bake. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F with the rack in the center of the oven.
Set the casserole on a baking sheet and bake uncovered 1 hour. Let stand 10 minutes and serve.