The ultimate holiday kale, pancetta & mushroom strata [Recipe]


kale, pancetta & mushroom strata

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Now that the gifts are wrapped, the Menorah is ready, the Christmas tree festively adorned and stockings hung, sit back, relax and enjoy good eats. You deserve it! Try one of our family favorites: strata that you can make ahead and is perfect for entertaining and feeding lots of hungry holiday elves! For more delicious recipes, visit MealsOnHeelsByMindy.com. Happy Holidays!



  • 1 tablespoons Extra Virgin olive oil
  • 1 tablespoons unsalted butter
  • 4 ounces thinly sliced pancetta, coarsely chopped
  • 1 shallot, peeled and minced
  • 10 ounces fresh kale leaves, rinsed, dried and chopped
  • 2 cups cremini mushrooms, stems removed, sliced
  • 2 garlic cloves, peeled and minced
  • 1 teaspoon Kosher salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
  • 1/8 teaspoon freshly grated nutmeg
  • 8 cups cubed rustic country bread, from a 1-pound loaf (I like ciabatta)
  • 1/2 cup grated Parmigianno-Reggiano
  • 3 cups whole milk
  • 10 large eggs
  • Fresh thyme leaves, 3 stalks



  1. Grease a three-quart baking dish with butter. Set aside.
  2. Heat the oil and butter in a large skillet over medium-high heat.
  3. Add pancetta. Sauté until crisp and golden, about 3-5 minutes.
  4. Transfer crispy pancetta with a slotted spoon to a large bowl. Set aside.
  5. Add minced shallot to the skillet with remaining drippings from pancetta. Sauté until translucent, about 4 minutes.
  6. Add chopped kale, mushrooms and garlic. Sauté over medium-low heat until garlic is tender, approximately 1-2 minutes.
  7. Sprinkle salt, pepper, nutmeg and fresh thyme over kale mixture. Toss pancetta into skillet and gently stir until all ingredients are mixed thoroughly.
  8. Place half of the bread cubes in prepared baking dish.
  9. Sprinkle half the grated cheese over the bread, then top with half of the kale-pancetta-mushroom mixture. Repeat layering.
  10. Whisk the milk and eggs in a large bowl and pour evenly over the strata. Chill the strata, covered with plastic wrap, at least 2 hours or overnight.
  11. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit.
  12. Bake strata uncovered until golden brown, puffed-up and cooked through, 40 minutes. Let stand 5 minutes before serving. Serves 8.