Tomato-Zucchini Strata

Photo by PineyCook
Adapted from midwestliving.com

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PREP TIME

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minutes

TOTAL TIME

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minutes

SERVINGS

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servings

Adapted from midwestliving.com

Ingredients

  • 2

    tablespoons butter

  • 4

    cups grape tomatoes or cherry tomatoes

  • 2

    cups sliced zucchini

  • 8

    cups dry French or Italian bread cubes*

  • 3

    cups shredded Swiss cheese

  • 8

    eggs

  • 3

    cups milk

  • 1/4

    cup snipped fresh flat leaf Italian parsley

  • 1/4

    cup snipped fresh basil

  • 2

    tablespoons snipped fresh chives

  • 1

    teaspoon garlic salt

  • 1/2

    teaspoon ground black pepper

Directions

In an extra-large skillet, melt butter over low heat. Add tomatoes and zucchini. Cook for 5 to 7 minutes, stirring occasionally, or until tomatoes begin to lose their firm round shape; remove from heat. Place half of the bread cubes in a greased 3-quart baking dish. Top with half of the zucchini mixture and half of the cheese. Repeat layers with remaining bread cubes, zucchini mixture and cheese. In a large bowl, whisk together eggs, milk, parsley, basil, chives, garlic salt and pepper. Carefully pour egg mixture evenly over bread mixture in dish. Using the back of a spoon, gently press down on layers. Cover and chill at least 2 hours or up to 24 hours. Remove casserole from fridge. Preheat oven to 325 degrees . Bake for 50 to 65** minutes or until puffed, golden and set (160 degrees ). Let stand for 10 minutes before serving. tip For six servings, use a greased 2-quart square baking dish. Prepare as directed above except cut all of the ingredient amounts in half. Bake as above. Let stand for 10 minutes before serving. tip *Drying bead cubes: Cut the bread into 1-inch cubes, using a serrated knife. Preheat the oven to 300 degrees F. Arrange cubes in a single layer on a baking pan. Bake for 10 to 15 minutes or until lightly browned, stirring once or twice. tip ** If chilled overnight, baking time will be longer than if only chilled 2 hours.

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