Baked 3-cheese tomato strata

Prep 30 min
Plus Baking Time: 45 minutes
Makes 8 Servings

51

Ingredients

1 loaf
oval-shaped soft calabrese or country bread, about 450 g
1 pint
grape or cherry tomatoes
1 tbsp
6
eggs, separated
3/4 cup
18% cream
1 tbsp
Dijon mustard
1/4 tsp
1/4 cup
chopped chives
3/4 cup
shredded cheddar
1/3 cup
2 tbsp
1/2 cup
finely grated parmesan

Instructions

  • Position 2 oven racks in centre and bottom of oven. Preheat to 400F. Line 2 baking sheets with foil. Using a serrated knife, cut out centre of bread, leaving borders 1 in. thick around edge of loaf and about 1/2 in. thick on bottom. Do not cut through bottom crust. Hollow out bread using your fingers. Place bread shell on one baking sheet. Scatter tomatoes on other baking sheet and toss with oil.
  • Whisk egg yolks with cream, Dijon and salt in a large bowl. Season with fresh pepper. Stir all but 1 tbsp chives into egg-yolk mixture along with cheddar and sun-dried tomatoes. Using a hand mixer, beat egg whites in a large bowl on medium until soft peaks form when beaters are lifted, 2 to 3 min. Stir 1/4 of egg whites into cheese mixture until blended. Fold in remaining egg whites.
  • Pour or ladle mixture into bread shell. (If top of bread is uneven and filling is in danger of spilling over, prop up bottom of bread with a piece of scrunched-up foil to even it out.) Dot surface with goat cheese, then sprinkle with parmesan. Bake in centre of oven, uncovered, 10 min. Cover loosely with foil and continue baking until top is puffed, 25 to 30 more min. Roast tomatoes in bottom of oven until soft and light brown around edges, about 30 min. Let warm strata stand 5 min, then scatter tomatoes and remaining chives overtop. Cut into thick slices.

Nutrition

Calories 326, Protein 16 g, Carbohydrates 27 g, Fat 17 g, Fibre 2 g, Sodium 641 mg.

Wine Pairings

Elegant, fruity and low in alcohol, Mionetto Il Prosecco (Italy, $18) complements many dishes and is a splendid choice for celebratory brunches. Add a dash of peach nectar to create a decadent mimosa.

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