Saturday, August 27, 2011

Zucchini, Strata

This makes a nice breakfast, brunch or dinner meal and makes one large casserole or two smaller ones.
I like to cut up left overs into squares, and send in lunches.

Zucchini Strata


olive oil
10 -12 slices bread, buttered and cubed (I sometimes substitute 2 sleeves of saltine crackers crushed)
1 large Zucchini shredded
8- 10 mushrooms sliced
1 large onion, chopped
4 cups white cheese (such as Provolone, Swiss, Monterey Jack, Mozzarella, Parmesan or Romano, or any combination of these.  Note:  If you use mostly mozzarella , it will have a more rubbery texture, but is milder in flavor, Swiss, and Monterey Jack are creamier, with a little stronger  flavor. Parmesan and Romano add a nice flavor that, I think, goes well with the Basil so I always add at least one of them, say about a 1/2 cup)
6-7 leaves fresh Basil, chopped
1 cup ricotta cheese
1/4 cup f lour
3 1/2 cups milk
14 eggs
salt, pepper, and garlic powder to taste

Drizzle bottom of 1 large lasagna baking pan with olive oil.  Layer in order: Bread, Zucchini, mushrooms, onions and basil leaves.  In a large mixing bowl,  Mix together  ricotta cheese and flour . Add eggs, whisking each well as you add .  Add milk.  Whisk vigorously (You can use a hand held blender... or put in the blender, which will mix everything thoroughly).  Pour mixture over pan.  Sprinkle with salt and pepper and garlic powder.  Top with 4 cups of shredded cheese. Cover and let set several hours or overnight.  Bake at 350* for 50 to 60 minutes, or until golden brown and firm.



  1. Oh my word!
    I can not tell you how wonderful this looks!!!
    Aghhhh! Makes me hungry and I was just trying to talk David into going to bed without dinner tonight! :-D I actually have some LARGE dinner rolls I was wondering what to do with. This is perfect! We're going to pick up some zuchini on the way home from church!
    Post again soon, I'll need another "fix"!
    Love you!

  2. You wouldn't happen to have a house for sale next door would you... : )Or possibly a Room for rent...Well that would have to be a BIG room for 7... he he he...that looks REALLY yummy Pam...Have a blessed and Tasty week...

  3. OH Yum!

    I've never seen a recipe like this before but it looks so good!

  4. This looks delicious! Just catching up on a bit of blog reading....Nice to see some of the things you've been up to!