Chicken-Leek Strata

Here's a great do-ahead recipe to pull out for a "let's do brunch" day.

  • Prep Time 10 min
  • Total Time 5 hr 18 min
  • Servings 6

Ingredients

1
tablespoon butter or margarine
1
cup sliced leek
8
slices French bread, each 1/2 inch thick
1
cup chopped cooked chicken or turkey
1
tablespoon chopped fresh dill weed or 1 teaspoon dried dill weed
2
cups shredded mozzarella cheese (8 ounces)
4
eggs, beaten
2
cups milk
1/2
teaspoon salt
1/4
teaspoon pepper
  • 1 Melt butter in 1-quart saucepan over medium heat. Cook leeks in butter about 3 minutes, stirring frequently, until softened; remove from heat.
  • 2 Cut enough bread into 1-inch cubes to measure 5 cups. Mix bread cubes, leeks, chicken and dill weed. Spread bread mixture in ungreased square baking dish, 8x8x2 inches. Sprinkle with cheese. Mix remaining ingredients; pour over cheese. Cover tightly and refrigerate at least 4 hours but no longer than 24 hours.
  • 3 Heat oven to 325°F. Uncover and bake 50 to 55 minutes or until knife inserted in center comes out clean. Let stand 10 minutes before cutting.

Expert Tips

Looking like a monster green onion or scallion, the leek is a relative of the onion and garlic family. Its flavor, however, is somewhat milder than its cousins'.

When you're looking for a leek, choose one that has a crisp, bright green top and blemish-free white bulb.

Nutrition Information

NUTRITION INFORMATION PER SERVING

Serving Size: 1 Serving
Calories
340
(
Calories from Fat
145 ),
% Daily Value
Total Fat
16 g
16 %
(Saturated Fat
8 g,
8 %
),
Cholesterol
195 mg
195 %;
Sodium
700 mg
700 %;
Total Carbohydrate
23 g
23 %
(Dietary Fiber
1 g
1 %
),
Protein
27 g
27 %
;
% Daily Value*:
Vitamin A
16%;
Vitamin C
4%;
Calcium
42%;
Iron
10%;
Exchanges:
1 1/2 Starch;
*Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.