A baked mushroom pie is a wonderful one-pot or pan meal to serve for dinner, lunch or as a side with a bowl of soup. This dish is easy to prepare and healthy since it is packed with lots of wholesome ingredients. Imagine serving a slice of mushroom pie that makes making it easy for adults and children to eat more vegetables that taste great that are all baked together.
- 1 ½ pounds of sliced mushrooms
- 1 cup of finely diced yellow onions
- 3 diced plum tomatoes
- 1 pound of broccoli florets, fresh or frozen
- 8 ounces shredded Swiss or Cheddar cheese
- 6 eggs
- 3 cups of milk
- 2 tablespoons of butter
- 8-10 slices of white bread
- Salt and pepper to taste
- Preheat oven to 350’.
- Coat a large baking pie pan with cooking spray.
- Take 4-5 slices of white bread and break it up into quarters.
- Place bread pieces into bottom of baking pan.
- In a large frying pan melt the butter.
- Once the butter is liquefied add the diced onions and cook until tender.
- Then add the mushrooms to the fry pan and cook until slightly browned, stirring every so often.
- Add broccoli florets and stir into onions and mushrooms, heat for 3-5 minutes, stirring constantly.
- Remove frying pan from heat.
- Place half the browned mushrooms, onions, and broccoli mixture over the quartered bread slices in the baking dish.
- Add half the diced tomatoes over the vegetable mixture as well.
- Sprinkle half the shredded cheese of your choice over the broccoli mixture in baking dish.
- Cube the remaining bread slices and toss on top of baking pan mixture.
- Place the remaining vegetable mixture over the cubed bread along with the remaining tomato.
- Now, using a whisk in a medium bowl, blend the salt, pepper, eggs and milk together.
- Pour the liquid over the cubed bread.
- Top the entire mixture with the remaining cheese.
- Bake in oven for 1 hour uncovered.
- The top of the strata will puff slightly and become golden brown.
- The mushroom pie is considered done when the center is completely cooked through.
- Insert a toothpick in the center to check doneness. If pick comes out dry the meal is fully cooked. If the center is still wet monitor time and check every few minutes. Not all ovens cook alike.
Tips and suggestions:
- For a slightly crispier top; sprinkle with Italian bread crumbs lightly over everything before baking.
- Spinach, cauliflower and sliced carrots can also be added in addition to or in place of the broccoli. Then again, you might want to try asparagus or artichoke hearts too.
- Add ½ pound of harm or sausage if you prefer some meat in your pie.
- Adding some diced green pepper can also spruce it up further.
- A simple salad with a light dressing will complete this one pan meal.
- Enjoy a cup of cream of celery soup before the slicing into the pie if you want to stretch the meal out. Whether you save half for another day or are entertaining more people than you originally expected at the table.
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