This strata is a little like a pizza casserole. Grace Parisi mixes tomatoes, basil and garlic with chunks of toasted sourdough bread and shredded cheese, then bakes the dish until it's moist in the center and wonderfully crispy on top. Plus: Delicious Ideas for Cooking with Bread

Grace Parisi
October 2008

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© Stephanie Foley

Recipe Summary

total:
40 mins
Yield:
4
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Ingredients

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Directions

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  • Preheat the oven to 425°. In a medium bowl, toss the bread with 2 tablespoons of the olive oil. Spread the bread on a baking sheet and bake for 10 minutes, just until lightly crisp.

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  • In the same bowl, toss the tomatoes with the olives, basil, garlic and 2 tablespoons of the olive oil. Season with salt and pepper. Add the toasted bread and cheese, toss well and transfer to a deep 10-inch glass pie plate. Drizzle the remaining 2 tablespoons of olive oil over the top and bake for 20 minutes, until the cheese is melted and the bread is browned on top. Serve hot.

Serve With

Suggested Pairing

Pair with a juicy, berry-rich Sangiovese like the Italian Di Majo Norante.

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