Thanks, with food!Posted: May 20, 2011
Nothing says thank you better than a delicious treat! Today we celebrated Classified Employee Appreciate Day at work and I prepared a tried and true recipe, compliments of Giada De Laurentiis. The only credit I can take for this dish is that I’ve made it many times and it’s always a huge hit! (I’m including Giada’s recipe since so many people asked for it at work today.) Try it for any breakfast gathering and you’ll be the hit of the party! Buon Appetito!
- 2 tablespoons olive oil
- 4 ounces thinly sliced pancetta, coarsely chopped
- 1 small onion, chopped
- 1 (10-ounce) box chopped frozen spinach, thawed, squeezed dry
- 2 garlic cloves, minced
- 1 teaspoon salt
- 1/2 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
- 1/8 teaspoon freshly grated nutmeg
- 8 cups cubed Italian bread, from a 1-pound loaf
- 1/2 cup finely grated Parmesan
- 3 cups whole milk
- 10 large eggs
Heat the oil in a heavy large skillet over medium heat. Add the pancetta and saute until crisp and golden, about 5 minutes. Using a slotted spoon, transfer the pancetta to a bowl. Add the onion to the pan drippings in the same skillet and saute until translucent, about 4 minutes. Add the spinach and garlic. Saute over medium-low heat until the garlic is tender, about 2 minutes. Stir in 1/2 teaspoon of salt, 1/4 teaspoon of pepper, nutmeg, and the cooked pancetta.
Whisk the milk, eggs, remaining 1/2 teaspoon of salt and 1/4 teaspoon of pepper in a large bowl and pour evenly over the strata. Chill the strata, covered with plastic wrap, at least 2 hours and up to 12 hours.
Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F.
Bake strata uncovered until puffed, golden brown, and cooked through, 40 minutes. Let stand 5 minutes before serving.