Thanks, with food!

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!

Spinach and Pancetta Strata

Ingredients

  • 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

Directions

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.

Place half of the bread cubes in a buttered 3-quart baking dish. Sprinkle half of the cheese over the bread, then top with half of the spinach mixture. Repeat layering.

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.

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2 Comments on “Thanks, with food!”

  1. Dorothy says:

    I didn’t know I could buy the pizza dough. I am going to make a homemade pizza. You make it sound easy.

  2. Ed Plog says:

    Great receipes, Joe!


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