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Cheesy Mushroom and Kale Brioche Strata with Pancetta

This hearty cheesy bread pudding and stuffing hybrid can take the place of traditional holiday stuffing or be served as a side for dinner.
Course Side Dish
Cuisine American
Keyword brioche, kale, mushroom, pancetta, strata, Thanksgiving
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Servings 9

Ingredients

  • ½ cup diced pancetta
  • 2 tablespoons unsalted butter, plus more for baking
  • 3 cloves garlic, chopped
  • 6 ounces crimini mushrooms, quartered
  • Kosher salt, as needed
  • Freshly ground black pepper, as needed
  • 2 packed cups chopped Tuscan kale,
  • 1 pound leftover brioche bread, cut into 2-inch pieces
  • 5 eggs
  • cups whole milk
  • ½ cup heavy cream
  • ¼ teaspoon nutmeg
  • ¼ teaspoon cayenne
  • 1 cup shredded Gruyère cheese

Instructions

  • Add the pancetta to a medium sauté pan and heat over medium heat, stirring occasionally until crispy and fat has rendered in the pan, about 8 minutes. Remove the pancetta from the pan to a large mixing bowl, reserving as much fat in the pan as possible.
  • Return the pan to heat, add the butter and allow to melt then add the garlic and mushrooms, sautéing until golden brown, about 6 minutes. Season with salt and pepper and add to the bowl with the pancetta. Toss together with the kale and bread.
  • Preheat oven to 350ºF (180ºC). In a medium mixing bowl whisk together the eggs, milk, heavy cream, nutmeg and cayenne then pour over the bread mixture, using hands to completely coat everything in the bowl.
  • Pour the mixture into a 9-inch x 12-inch greased baking dish or 10-inch cast iron skillet and top with the cheese.
  • Cover the dish with foil and bake for 30 minutes. Uncover and continue baking until the cheese is golden brown and the mixture is puffed in the middle and set, about an additional 20 minutes.