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Ham-and-Cheese Strata

June 2009
Ham-and-Cheese Strata

by 5 people

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Makes: 8 servings

Prep: 35 mins

Bake: 1 hr

Ingredients
  • 2 cups milk
  • 1/4 cup extra-virgin olive oil
  • 1 large loaf sourdough bread, crust discarded, cut into 1-inch cubes (about 8 cups)
  • 1 1/2 cups heavy cream
  • 5 large eggs
  • 1 tablespoon chopped garlic
  • 3/4 teaspoon pepper
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • 12 ounces goat cheese
  • 1 1/2 cups grated Parmesan cheese
  • 1 cup fontina cheese
  • 2 tablespoons chopped fresh sage
  • 1 tablespoon chopped fresh thyme
  • 12 ounces smoked ham, chopped
  • 3 6 1/2 ounce jars  artichoke drained and quartered
Directions
  1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees . Grease a large, ovenproof skillet. In a bowl, whisk together the milk and olive oil. Stir in the bread cubes and let stand until the liquid is absorbed.
  2. Meanwhile, in a bowl, combine the cream, eggs, garlic, pepper, salt and nutmeg. In another bowl, crumble the goat cheese; add the parmesan, fontina, sage and thyme.
  3. Place half of the bread mixture in the prepared skillet. Top with half each of the ham, artichoke hearts and herb-cheese mixture. Pour half of the egg mixture over the layers. Repeat with the remaining bread, ham, artichoke hearts, herb-cheese mixture and egg mixture. Bake until firm in the center and brown around the edges, about 1 hour.