Mushroom Strata

Mushrooms and bread are a perfect match for me.  This is a rich and delicious special treat.  You could use it as an appetizer or side dish.  If you want to make it vegetarian, leave the bacon out.

Mushroom Strata

Cook Time: 1 hour

Yield: Serves 12 - 16 as a side

Ingredients

  • 4 TBSP butter
  • 3/4 lb sliced mushrooms
  • 1 tsp fresh thyme
  • 1/2 cup chopped celery
  • 1/2 cup chopped shallot or onion
  • 1/2 cup mayonnaise
  • 1/2 lb bacon, cooked and crumbled
  • 1 tsp pressed garlic (optional)
  • Salt and pepper
  • 12 slices bread
  • 1/4 cup softened butter
  • 3 eggs
  • 1 1/2 cups half and half
  • Salt and pepper
  • 12 oz (box) Pacific Cream of Mushroom soup
  • 1/4 - 1/2 cup grated cheese or crumbled gorgonzola

Instructions

  1. Saute mushrooms in 4 TBSP of butter. Remove from heat and mix with next 7 ingredients.
  2. Grease a 9 x 13 baking pan.
  3. Butter 4 pieces of bread, cut into 1" squares. Lay squares in bottom of baking pan, buttered side up. Spread mushroom mixture over bread squares.
  4. Butter 4 more pieces of bread and cut into squares. Lay them on top of mushrooms, buttered side down.
  5. Mix together eggs and half and half. Pour over everything. Cover and refrigerate overnight.
  6. Heat oven to 325°
  7. Butter 4 more pieces of bread, cut into 1" squares, lay on top of everything in baking pan. Spread undiluted soup over everything. Bake 50-60 minutes.
  8. Remove from oven, sprinkle cheese on top, return to oven for 10 minutes until melted.
  9. Let sit 10 minutes before cutting and serving.
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