Artichoke, Mushroom and Bacon Strata

Sherry Blizzard

By
@akflurry

I saw a recipe on the internet by Climbing Grier Mountain but wanted to jazz it up a bit and use my leftovers. I decided to include 3 varieties of previously sauteed mushrooms, blue cheese crumbles, a mix of grated mozzarella & fontina cheese, bacon, marinated artichoke hearts, a small bag of previously diced red/green bell peppers, and a loaf of bread I had made in the bread machine a few days earlier.

I love strata! There is just something wonderful about that warm, gooey custard one gets from combining eggs, milk and cheese.

Please give this recipe a try and let me know what you think.


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Serves:

8-10

Prep:

45 Min

Cook:

1 Hr 15 Min

Method:

Bake

Ingredients

1
loaf of bread, (any kind...dayold is best)
8 slice
bacon, chopped and cooked
1 1/2 c
mushrooms (use crimini, white and oyster-sauteed)
1/2 c
bell peppers, chopped (red and green)
2 c
cheese (mozzarella and fontina)
1/2 c
blue cheese, crumbled
2 c
marinated artichoke hearts (save the liquid)
6
eggs
4 c
milk
2 Tbsp
butter

Directions Step-By-Step

1
Cut up the bacon and stir fry until done. Remove to drain on a paper towel.
2
Saute mushrooms (crimini, white and oyster) in a little butter until tender. Season with a little salt and pepper. Add the bacon to the mushrooms and mix. Dice red and green bell peppers. Grate and mix together the cheeses.
3
Slice bread into 8-1/2" thick slices and put in the bottom of a deep baking dish that has been sprayed with Pam.
4
Spoon some of the marinade from the artichoke hearts on both sides of the bread.
5
Layer in this order: Bread, Mushrooms/Bacon, Artichoke Hearts, Cheese, Peppers.
6
Repeat with another layer.
7
Whisk the eggs and the milk together and pour over the entire dish. Cover with foil (I prefer the no stick) and allow it to sit 1/2 hour before baking.
8
Preheat the oven to 375 and bake for 45 minutes with foil. Remove the foil and cook for an additional 25-30 minutes (until nice and bubbly and the bread is just turning golden brown.) Let it sit for 5-10 minutes before plunging in.

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