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Spicy Sicilian Strata

Makes: 6 servings
Prep 35 mins Chill 2 hrs Bake 350°F 35 mins Stand 10 mins
Spicy Sicilian Strata
  • 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

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 KitchenSpicy 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)
  • Servings Per Recipe 6,
  • cal. (kcal) 316,
  • Fat, total (g) 18,
  • chol. (mg) 146,
  • sat. fat (g) 8,
  • carb. (g) 22,
  • fiber (g) 2,
  • pro. (g) 18,
  • sodium (mg) 1006,
  • Potassium (mg) 289,
  • calcium (mg) 303,
  • iron (mg) 2,
  • Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet

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