Spicy Sicilian Strata

Not just for breakfast, this hearty egg and pepperoni custard is fabulous for a weeknight dinner. Add sausage in place of the pepperoni for an entirely new taste.

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  • Makes: 6 servings
  • Prep: 35 mins
  • Chill: 2 hrs
  • Bake: 35 mins 350°F
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Spicy Sicilian Strata
Ingredients
5
cups cubed French bread (1-inch cubes)
1
3 1/2 ounce package sliced pepperoni, coarsely chopped
1/4
cup pepperoncini salad peppers, drained, stemmed, and chopped
1/2
10 ounce package frozen chopped spinach, thawed and well drained
1/4
cup oil-packed sundried tomatoes, drained and chopped
1
cup shredded Italian-blend cheese (4 ounces)
3
eggs, lightly beaten
1 1/2
cups milk
1
teaspoon dried Italian seasoning, crushed
 
dash of cayenne pepper
1/4
cup grated Parmesan cheese
Directions
  1. Preheat oven to 350F. Place bread cubes in a 15x10x1-inch baking pan. Bake, uncovered, in the preheated oven for 10 minutes, stirring once.
  2. Spread half of the bread cubes in a greased 2-quart square baking dish. Top with half of the pepperoni, half of the pepperoncini peppers, all of the spinach, and all of the tomatoes. Sprinkle with 1/2 cup of the Italian-blend cheeses. Repeat layers with remaining bread, pepperoni, pepperoncini peppers, and Italian-blend cheese.
  3. Whisk together eggs, milk, Italian seasoning, cayenne pepper, and 1/4 teaspoon salt; pour evenly over layers in dish. Press bread cubes down with a wooden spoon. Sprinkle with Parmesan cheese. Cover and chill for 2 to 24 hours.
  4. Preheat oven to 350F. Bake, uncovered, in the preheated oven for 35 to 45 minutes or until the internal temperature registers 170F on an instant-read thermometer. Let stand for 10 minutes before serving. Makes 6 servings.
From the Test Kitchen
Spicy Mexican Strata:

Prepare as above, except substitute 4 ounces chorizo sausage, cooked and crumbled, for pepperoni; one 4.5-ounce can diced green chile peppers, drained, for pepperoncini peppers; and Mexican-blend cheese for Italian-blend cheese. Omit Italian seasoning. Substitute crumbled queso fresco or additional Mexican-blend cheese for Parmesan cheese.

Nutrition Facts (Spicy Sicilian Strata)
    Per serving:
  • 316 kcal cal.,
  • 18 g fat
  • (8 g sat. fat,
  • 146 mg chol.,
  • 1006 mg sodium,
  • 22 g carb.,
  • 2 g fiber,
  • 18 g pro.
  • Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet
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