Thursday, June 9, 2011

spinach and cheddar strata

great idea for brunch or a cozy supper with your hubby.
i bet you didn't know there was a "frozen food" movement in the 1940's. The idea behind frozen food was allowing convenience in the modern day. however, frozen food was more of a luxury promoted to the wealthier society. birds eye was the first company to advertise frozen spinach to the mass market in "life" magazine in 1949. do note the beautiful pearls that we gals always wear while cooking.

spinach and cheddar stratta

1 tbs olive oil
10 oz frozen spinach
3 cups day-old bread cut in 1 inch cubes
5 large eggs
1 cup milk
2 cups shredded sharp cheddar cheese
salt and pepper

1. squeeze defrosted spinach releasing all liquid. add olive oil to saute pan and cook spinach for 5 minutes. add spinach and bread cubes to a baking dish.
2. whisk together eggs, milk, 1/2 tsp salt and 1/4 tsp pepper, and 1 cup of cheese. pour mixture over spinach and bread cubes. top with remaining cheddar.
3. bake dish at 400 degrees for 40 minutes or until set in middle and golden brown on top.

adapted from martha stewart

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