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Artichoke & Leek Strata

Coconut Milk replaces milk for a dairy-free, vegetarian strata.  Artichokes, leeks and tarragon create a classic French flavor for a delightful vegetarian breakfast or brunch.  Assemble a day ahead for care-free entertaining!
TIME
30 minutes to assemble
Refrigerate overnight
70 minutes to bake
YIELD
Serves 8
INGREDIENTS
3 tablespoons olive oil
4 cups sliced leeks, washed and drained*
1 large red bell pepper, 1/2“dice
4 cloves garlic, minced
2 teaspoons kosher salt
Fresh cracked pepper
1-7 oz package baby kale or spinach
2-14 oz cans quartered artichokes, drained
1 tablespoon minced fresh tarragon
7 cups cubed bread like ciabatta** (14-16 oz loaf)
12 large eggs
2-13.5 oz cans Coconut Milk (found in the baking section)
2 tablespoons Dijon mustard
Optional: 1 cup lactose free cheese such as Daiya
DIRECTIONS
Step 1
Grease a 9” X 13” baking dish. Heat olive oil in a large skillet over a medium-high temperature. Add leeks and red pepper. Stir-fry until tender crisp. Add garlic, salt and pepper to taste. Sauté until soft and add Kale, artichokes, and tarragon. Stir-fry until kale (or spinach) is just wilted. Transfer skillet ingredients to a large bowl and add bread. Mix well and pour into baking dish. Distribute evenly and refrigerate.
Step 2
Beat eggs, Coconut Milk and mustard in a large mixing bowl. Pour evenly across bread mixture. Poke with a fork and press down to make sure all liquid is soaked into ingredients. Cover and refrigerate overnight.
Step 3
Remove baking dish from refrigerator 30 minutes before baking. Preheat oven to 350°F. Bake 60 minutes. Sprinkle with cheese (if desired) and bake 10 minutes longer or until puffed and golden. Knife inserted in middle should pull out clean. Let rest 10 minutes before serving.
TOOLS & EQUIPMENT

*A lettuce spinner is perfect for soaking and draining leeks, leaving the sand at the bottom of the bowl when insert (of leeks) is lifted out and drained.

TEST KITCHEN TIP:
**Day old bread is best for this recipe.  Rosemary or roasted garlic and olive oil ciabatta adds a delicious extra flavor. Cut bread the day before and leave on a cookie sheet to dry (even more) for best results.  Total time does not reflect this step.