Sicilian Skillet Strata
This no-fuss dinner is started on the stovetop, then finished in the oven in minutes!
- 6 oz (175 g) French bread (4 cups/1 L cubed)
- 1 medium green bell pepper
- 3 green onions with tops
- 1 tsp (5 mL) olive oil
- 3 garlic cloves, pressed
- 12 eggs
- 1/2 cup (125 mL) heavy whipping cream
- 1/2 tsp (2 mL) each salt and coarsely ground black pepper
- 8 slices cooked bacon, coarsely crumbled (see Cook's Tip)
- 4 oz (125 g) fontina cheese
- 1/2 cup (125 mL) grape tomatoes, quartered
- Chopped fresh basil leaves (optional)
Preheat oven to 350°F (180°C). Using Bread Knife, cut bread into 1/2-in. (1-cm) cubes. In Executive (12-in./30-cm) Skillet (do not use stainless cookware), toast bread cubes over medium heat 4-5 minutes or until light golden brown, stirring occasionally. Place bread cubes in medium Stainless Mesh Colander; shake out excess crumbs. Set aside.
Coarsely chop bell pepper with Food Chopper. Thinly slice onions with Chef's Knife. Heat oil in Skillet over medium heat 1-3 minutes or until shimmering. Add bell pepper, onions and garlic pressed with Garlic Press to Skillet; cook 1-2 minutes or until crisp-tender, stirring occasionally.
Combine eggs, cream, salt and black pepper in Stainless (4-qt./4-L) Mixing Bowl; whisk 1 minute using Stainless Whisk. Add bread cubes and bacon to vegetables. Add egg mixture, pressing down to saturate bread cubes using Small Mix ‘N Scraper®. Cook, uncovered, 1-2 minutes or until bottom and sides are set.
Bake, uncovered, 5-7 minutes or until center is set but still moist and internal temperature reaches 155°F (68°C). Meanwhile, grate cheese using Ultimate Mandoline. Carefully remove Skillet from oven using Oven Mitts; top with cheese and tomatoes. Cover; let stand 5 minutes. Garnish with chopped fresh basil, if desired.
- 8 servings
Nutrients per serving:
U.S. Nutrients per serving: Calories 330, Total Fat 22 g, Saturated Fat 10 g, Cholesterol 365 mg, Carbohydrate 15 g, Protein 19 g, Sodium 700 mg, Fiber 1 g
Provolone or mozzarella cheese can be substituted for the fontina cheese, if desired.
To cook bacon, cook in (12-in./30-cm) Skillet over medium-high heat 12-15 minutes or until crisp. Drain on paper towels.