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Strata with Chard, Sausage and Caramelized Onions

The recipe for caramelized onions makes more than you will need for the strata. Reserve the rest for another use, such as topping a pizza or blending into a frittata.

Ingredients:

  • 5 Tbs. extra-virgin olive oil
  • 2 large yellow onions, halved and very thinly
      sliced
  • 4 oz. French bread, cut into 1-inch cubes
  • 12 oz. sweet Italian sausage, casings removed
  • 3 garlic cloves, minced
  • 6 cups roughly chopped Swiss chard
  • 8 eggs
  • 2 1/2 cups half-and-half
  • 1 1/4 cups shredded fontina cheese
  • 1/2 tsp. kosher salt
  • 1/8 tsp. freshly ground pepper

Directions:

In a large, heavy fry pan over medium heat, warm 3 Tbs. of the olive oil. Add the onions, cover and cook, stirring occasionally, until they are completely limp, 10 to 15 minutes. Uncover, reduce the heat to medium-low and cook, stirring frequently, until the onions are golden brown and sweet, 35 to 45 minutes; do not let them burn. Remove from the heat and let cool. You will need 2/3 cup caramelized onions for the strata; cover and refrigerate the remaining onions.

Butter a 10-inch nonstick braiser.

Put the bread in a large bowl.

In a large sauté pan over medium heat, warm the remaining 2 Tbs. oil. Add the sausage and cook, stirring occasionally, until browned and cooked through, about 5 minutes. Using a slotted spoon, transfer to the bowl with the bread.

Return the pan to medium heat. Add the garlic and cook, stirring frequently, until fragrant, about 1 minute. Add the chard and cook, stirring occasionally, until wilted, 2 to 3 minutes. Transfer to the bowl with the bread mixture.

In another large bowl, whisk together the eggs and half-and-half. Pour the egg mixture over the bread mixture. Add the onions, cheese, salt and pepper and stir until well blended. Transfer the mixture to the prepared pan, cover with plastic wrap and refrigerate for 4 to 24 hours.

Preheat an oven to 350°F.

Remove the plastic wrap from the pan. Bake the strata until golden brown and cooked through, about 55 minutes. Let stand for 10 minutes before serving. Serves 6.
Williams-Sonoma Kitchen.