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Mozzarella and Pesto Strata
Makes 8 servings

 

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Mozzarella and Pesto StrataPrep Time: 15 min.
Chilling Time: 2 hrs.
Cooking Time: 1 hr. 5 min.

Ingredients

  • 16 - slices (3/4 inch thick) French bread (1/2 pound)
  • 1/2 - cup basil pesto
  • 1/2 - cup sliced ripe olives
  • 1 - cup roasted red bell peppers, (from 12-ounce jar), drained and sliced
  • 2 - cups shredded mozzarella cheese (8 ounces)
  • 8 - eggs
  • 2 - cups milk
  • 1/4 - teaspoon salt
  • 1/8 - teaspoon pepper
  • 2 - Tablespoons freshly shredded Parmesan cheese

Directions

Spray rectangular baking dish, 13x9x2 inches, with cooking spray.

  1. Spread one side of each bread slice with pesto.
  2. Arrange bread, pesto sides up, in bottom of baking dish, cutting slices to fit if necessary.
  3. Sprinkle with olives, bell peppers and mozzarella cheese.
  4. In a medium bowl, add eggs, milk, salt and pepper. Beat until well blended.
  5. Pour evenly over cheese in dish.
  6. Sprinkle with Parmesan cheese.
  7. Cover and refrigerate at least 2 hours but not longer than 24 hours.

Preheat oven to 325ºF.

  1. Bake uncovered 55 to 60 minutes or until knife inserted in center comes out clean and top is golden brown.
  2. Let stand 5 minutes before cutting.

 

 
 
 
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