Cheesy Pancetta & Egg Strata with Spinach & White Cheddar
Breakfast

Cheesy Pancetta & Egg Strata

with Spinach & White Cheddar

45 MIN
$19.99 Serves 4-6
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From the Test Kitchen

Perfect for brunch, this strata—a casserole typically featuring layers of bread, eggs, and cheese—features fluffy challah buns, rich pancetta, melty cheddar cheese, and a touch of dijon mustard.
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Cheesy Pancetta & Egg Strata with Spinach & White Cheddar
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  • 3 oz Diced Pancetta
  • 2 Pasture-Raised Eggs
  • 2 Challah Buns
  • ¼ cup Grated Parmesan Cheese
  • ½ cup Cream
  • 3 oz Baby Spinach
  • 1 Yellow Onion
  • 2 Tbsps Dijon Mustard
  • ¼ cup Mascarpone Cheese
  • 2 oz White Cheddar Cheese
  • 1 oz Salted Butter
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Prepare the ingredients
1 Prepare the ingredients

Place an oven rack in the center of the oven; preheat to 350°F. Halve, peel, and small dice the onion. Grate the cheddar on the large side of a box grater. Tear the buns into bite-sized pieces.

Cook the pancetta & vegetables
2 Cook the pancetta & vegetables

Wash and dry the spinach. In a medium pan (nonstick, if you have one), heat the butter on medium-high until hot. Add the pancetta and diced onion. Cook, stirring occasionally, 4 to 5 minutes, or until lightly browned. Add the spinach; season with salt and pepper. Cook, stirring frequently, 30 seconds to 1 minute, or until wilted. Turn off the heat.

Assemble the strata
3 Assemble the strata

Crack the eggs into a large bowl. Add the cream, mustard, and mascarpone. Whisk to thoroughly combine. Add the cooked pancetta and vegetables (including any liquid from the pan) and half the grated cheddar. Stir to combine. Add the bun pieces and gently stir to combine. Set aside to saturate, about 2 minutes.

Bake & serve your dish
4 Bake & serve your dish

Lightly grease an 8-inch square baking dish. Transfer the strata to the baking dish; spread into an even layer. Top with the remaining grated cheddar. Bake 26 to 30 minutes, or until the buns are toasted and the filling is set and cooked through. Remove from the oven; let stand at least 2 minutes before serving. (If making ahead of time, let cool completely, then cover with foil. When ready to serve, keep covered with foil and reheat in a 350°F oven for 15 to 20 minutes, or until heated through.) Serve the baked strata topped with the parmesan. Enjoy!

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Prepare the ingredients
1 Prepare the ingredients

Place an oven rack in the center of the oven; preheat to 350°F. Halve, peel, and small dice the onion. Grate the cheddar on the large side of a box grater. Tear the buns into bite-sized pieces.

2 Cook the pancetta & vegetables

Wash and dry the spinach. In a medium pan (nonstick, if you have one), heat the butter on medium-high until hot. Add the pancetta and diced onion. Cook, stirring occasionally, 4 to 5 minutes, or until lightly browned. Add the spinach; season with salt and pepper. Cook, stirring frequently, 30 seconds to 1 minute, or until wilted. Turn off the heat.

Cook the pancetta & vegetables
Assemble the strata
3 Assemble the strata

Crack the eggs into a large bowl. Add the cream, mustard, and mascarpone. Whisk to thoroughly combine. Add the cooked pancetta and vegetables (including any liquid from the pan) and half the grated cheddar. Stir to combine. Add the bun pieces and gently stir to combine. Set aside to saturate, about 2 minutes.

4 Bake & serve your dish

Lightly grease an 8-inch square baking dish. Transfer the strata to the baking dish; spread into an even layer. Top with the remaining grated cheddar. Bake 26 to 30 minutes, or until the buns are toasted and the filling is set and cooked through. Remove from the oven; let stand at least 2 minutes before serving. (If making ahead of time, let cool completely, then cover with foil. When ready to serve, keep covered with foil and reheat in a 350°F oven for 15 to 20 minutes, or until heated through.) Serve the baked strata topped with the parmesan. Enjoy!

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