The stove man swisschard strata almost sounds like a dance step, doesn't it? Well, a week before Christmas our gas stove decided to quit on us! Thankfully, it wasn't the stove you cook with. It ONLY supplies the heat for the house! Of course, it can't break when its 90 degrees outside. I think its factory set to break in 20 degree weather and before the Holidays!
Needless to say we did a few dance steps to get it back to working status. We found out that there aren't very many people in town to service this type of unit. The place where we purchased the stove had gone out of business. (as soon as they saw us walk out their door with the sale!) We did, however locate a very nice gentleman who offered to work on it for us. What we didn't realize was that he had never seen our kind of stove (translation: never worked on) and as he scratched his head in wonder, we were also wondering where our primary heat source would come from. I should also mention that this was a traumatic event for our cat who thinks this is her personal warming perch! After days of taking it apart, scratching his head, and replacing parts the unit fired up. For how long, we don't know!
As I was watching this unfold from the kitchen, I made this strata. Remember when I'm feeling stressed, I cook! Another great original was born from this ordeal. There is ALWAYS a bright side to everything! You just have to be looking for it....
In a large bowl place
3 eggs, beaten
2/3 c milk
2 1/2 c bread cubes
Put aside for 30 minutes while you do the following.
Chop and steam 1 bunch of chard.
In a large skillet saute:
2 T oil
1/2 c onion
5 mushrooms, chopped
3 cloves garlic, minced
2 sage leaves, chopped
Add the chard and 1 cup of shredded fontina cheese. Mix well and add this to the bowl of egg/bread mixture. Mix until well blended and pour into a greased casserole dish. Add an additional 1/2 c fontina and a sprinkle of fresh nutmeg on top. Cook in the oven at 350 degrees for about 40 minutes. Serve with a nice salad and dinner is served! Even better left over!