BRIAN IN THE KITCHEN  brought to you by Stittsworth Meats

April 6 2011

Sicilian-style Strata

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1 loaf (1 lb.) crusty, Italian-style bread, cut into 1-inch cubes
4 ounces thick-sliced prosciutto or ham, diced
1/4 cup chopped canned roasted red peppers
1/4 cup thinly sliced green onions
1/2 cup grated Parmesan cheese
1 can (14 1/2 oz.) chopped tomatoes
1/4 cup pitted black olives, coarsely chopped
1/2 cup shredded mozzarella cheese
6 large eggs
3 cups milk
2 teaspoons dried Italian seasoning blend
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon pepper
1/4 cup chopped parsley
2 tablespoons drained capers

Spread half the bread cubes level in a lightly oiled 9- by 13-inch baking dish. Top evenly with prosciutto, peppers, green onions, and Parmesan cheese. Spread remaining bread cubes level on top, followed by tomatoes, olives, and mozzarella.

In a bowl, whisk eggs, milk, Italian seasoning, salt, and pepper to blend. Pour over layered ingredients. Cover and chill at least 1 hour or up to one day.

Bake in a 325 degree regular or 300 degree convection oven until center of strata is set and top is lightly browned, 40 to 50 minutes. Sprinkle evenly with parsley and capers. Let stand 10 minutes, then cut into squares. Serve warm or at room temperature.