Panzanella Strata

Aired October 17, 2012

Serves 6-8
1/4 cup EVOO Extra Virgin Olive Oil
1 large red sweet pepper, chopped
2 cubanelle peppers, chopped
1 red onion, chopped
1 chili pepper, such as Fresno, jalapeo or Italian cherry, thinly sliced or finely chopped
2 to 3 cloves garlic, thinly sliced
1 pint cherry tomatoes
Salt and pepper
8 eggs
1 pint cream or half-n-half
1 1/2 cups grated Parmigiano-Reggiano cheese, divided
1/4 cup flat-leaf parsley, chopped
A small handful basil leaves, torn or sliced
Butter, for baking dish and to dot top
6 cups chopped or torn stale bread, white or peasant-style, (Amys white or a round peasant)

Heat a large skillet over medium-high heat with EVOO, 4 turns of the pan. Add peppers, onions, chili pepper and garlic, stir to tender-crisp, 5 minutes. Add cherry tomatoes, season with salt and pepper, remove from heat and cool.

Whisk together eggs, cream or half-n-half, salt, pepper, half the parm cheese, parsley and basil.

Arrange the bread and vegetables in the buttered casserole dish, it will mound up a bit. Pour the eggs over top of the casserole and top with remaining cheese and a few dots of butter. Cover and chill overnight or a couple of days ahead. Bring to room temp. Bake at 375F for 60-75 minutes until cooked through.

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