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Smoked Gouda & Swiss Chard Strata

I shared this impressive strata with friends at their new home. For special occasions, change up the veggies and cheese. I’ve used tomatoes, spinach and cheddar. —Kim Forni, Laconia, New Hampshire
  • Total Time
    Prep: 30 min. + chilling Bake: 1 hour
  • Makes
    10 servings

Ingredients

  • 10 bacon strips, chopped
  • 1 pound Swiss chard, leaves chopped and stems julienned
  • 1 large sweet onion, thinly sliced
  • 1/2 cup chopped roasted sweet red peppers
  • 12 slices white bread, toasted and cubed
  • 2 cups smoked Gouda or smoked Gruyere cheese, shredded
  • 2 cups Swiss cheese, shredded
  • 10 large eggs
  • 3-1/2 cups 2% milk
  • 2 teaspoons prepared mustard
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon coarsely ground pepper
  • 1/2 teaspoon cayenne pepper

Directions

  • In a large skillet, cook bacon over medium heat until crisp; drain on paper towels, reserving 1 tablespoon drippings. Cook chard stems and onion in reserved drippings over medium heat until tender, about 4 minutes. Add chard leaves and red pepper; cook 2 minutes. Drain.
  • Lightly grease a 13x9-in. baking dish. Layer with half the bread cubes, half the vegetable mixture and half the cheeses. Repeat layers.
  • Mix remaining ingredients until well blended. Pour over layers; press down slightly. Sprinkle bacon over top. Cover and refrigerate several hours or overnight.
  • Preheat oven to 325°. Remove strata from refrigerator while oven heats. Bake until puffy, lightly browned and set, about 1 hour.
Nutrition Facts
1 piece: 509 calories, 31g fat (14g saturated fat), 257mg cholesterol, 1055mg sodium, 28g carbohydrate (10g sugars, 2g fiber), 28g protein.

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  • curlylis85
    Nov 13, 2016

    Delicious! Toasting the bread gives it a good, not-too-soggy, texture and I loved the flavor combination of smoked cheese and bacon.

  • NH-rescue
    Oct 30, 2016

    Strata is a great dish on a cold night! We substituted kale for Swiss chard. The smoked cheese and bacon give great flavor and smell wonderful coming out of the oven!