Author Notes: My husband, though very cute, is one of those crazy people who will only eat eggs at breakfast. To that end, this recipe is a riff off a strata that my brother and I prepare for Christmas brunch every year. In this version, the egg mixture is replaced with chicken stock resulting in a fluffy, juicy dish perfect for a winter dinner, or holiday side. - lisina
Serves 4 for dinner, 8 as a side
- 1 small butternut squash
- 1/3 pound pork sausage (I used a simple salt and pepper blend)
- 1 shallot, thinly sliced
- 1/2 cup white wine
- 2 large bundles of kale, ribs removed, chopped
- 3 thick cut slices of day-old hard crust bread
- 1 pint good chicken stock (preferably homemade), or more if needed
- 1 pint shredded fontina
- olive oil (as needed)
- salt and pepper (to taste)
- butter to grease gratin dish
- Preheat oven to 400. Peel butternut, remove the seeds, and chop into 1" cubes. Toss with olive oil, salt and pepper and roast for 40 minutes, until cooked through and golden. Allow to cool.
- In a saute pan, brown the sausage, breaking it up into bite sized chunks. When it is nearly cooked, add the shallot and cook for about a minute before deglazing with the white wine. Let the wine cook down, and remove the sausage mixture from the pan. Allow to cool.
- In the same pan, add the kale and season with salt. Let the kale cook down, remove from pan and allow to cool.
- Cut the bread into large chunks, about 1.5". Add them to a large bowl and ladle the chicken stock over top. Let the bread soak up the chicken stock, adding more if needed. The bread should be fully saturated with the stock.
- Add the cooled squash, sausage and kale to the bread and mix. Add the fontina, reserving a generous handful, and toss everything together.
- Reduce oven heat to 350. Butter a gratin dish and add the strata mixture. Sprinkle the remaining fontina over top. Cover with tinfoil and bake for 30 minutes.
- Remove foil and turn on the broiler. Cook under the broiler for 2-5 minutes watching VERY CAREFULLY to make sure it doesn't burn. When the top is golden, remove from oven and serve.