INGREDIENTS

Carmencitta MAgazine - STRATA WITH MUSHROOMS, CARAMELIZED ONIONS, GOAT CHEESE & THYME2

  • 1 loaf crusty sourdough or french bread
  • 4-5 slices bacon (optional)
  • 1 tablespoon oil
  • 1 onion – very thinly sliced into rings
  • 1-2 Tablespoons butter
  • 1 pound mushrooms sliced
  • 3 Tablespoons fresh thyme leaves
  • 10 large eggs
  • 1 ½ cups whole milk (or half and half)
  • 1 cup sour cream
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • ½ teaspoon pepper
  • 4-6 ounces goat cheese
  • thyme sprigs for garnish.
  • 1½ cups grated gruyere, jack, mozzerella cheese
INSTRUCTIONS

Carmencitta MAgazine - STRATA WITH MUSHROOMS, CARAMELIZED ONIONS, GOAT CHEESE & THYME3

  1. Preheat oven to 400F
  2. Cut bread in to ¾ inch cubes, lay on a baking sheet, and toast in the oven for 10 minutes.
  3. If adding bacon, spread out on a foil lined baking sheet and bake in the oven for 20 minutes or until crisp. (Blot, then cut into small pieces)
  4. In a large skillet, heat oil over medium high heat. Add thinly sliced onions. Saute, mixing often for 2-3 minutes, then turn heat down to medium low, continuing to cook until golden and tender; about 10 minutes. In another large skillet, heat butter over medium heat. Add sliced mushrooms and cook until tender, about 10 minutes. Add fresh thyme and a generous 3 finger pinch of salt and pepper. Add the caramelized onions to the mushrooms and set aside.
  5. In a medium bowl, whisk eggs, milk, sour cream, salt, and pepper.
  6. In a large bowl, add the toasted cubed bread. To this, add the mushroom-onion-thyme mixture and bacon crumbles if using. Add the grated cheese and ⅔ of the crumbled goat cheese (saving the rest for the top), and gently mix.
  7. Pour in the eggs and give a gentle stir. Let stand for 5 minutes.
  8. Stir again and pour into a well greased 4 quart baking dish. (At this point you could refrigerate overnight).
  9. Cover with foil and place the 400 F oven and bake 35 minutes, Uncover, lower heat to 375 F and continue baking 20-30 more minutes until puffed and golden. During the last 10 minutes of baking, scatter the remaining goat cheese over the top and let it melt.
  10. Garnish with a few thyme sprigs.