Vegan Gluten-Free Spinach & Artichoke Strata

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vegan gluten free spinach & artichoke strata
Vegan gluten free strata photo by Kim Lutz.
Prep time: 20 mins
Cook time: 47 mins
Calories: 372

The gluten-free vegan at your holiday brunch doesn’t have to be limited to fruit salad. This plant-based breakfast strata is worthy of your festive table and it comes together easily.

Traditional strata, made with custard-soaked bread, cheese and vegetables, is the inspiration for this savory gluten-free, plant-based casserole. Homemade cashew cream provides the rich, luscious base, not the standard egg custard. Gluten-free pita takes a quick soak in the cream and the whole dish is ready for the oven in minutes. Allergic to cashews? Mix ½ cup plain dairy-free yogurt with 1 cup unsweetened dairy-free milk; use this mixture instead of cashew cream.

*We used two (7.75-ounce) packages of vegan pitas in this recipe.

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Contributor Kim Lutz is a recipe developer and author of several popular cookbooks, including Welcoming Kitchen (Sterling), Super Seeds (Sterling) and Ancient Grains (Sterling).

Yields 6 servings

Ingredients

  • ½ cup raw cashews + boiling water to soak
  • 1½ cups water
  • 8 gluten-free vegan pitas,* cut into roughly 1-inch pieces
  • 1 (12-ounce) jar marinated artichoke hearts, chopped, liquid reserved
  • 1 cup finely diced onion
  • 3 cups baby spinach, roughly chopped
  • 2 tablespoons minced fresh basil
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • Pepper to taste
  • 1 cup dairy-free mozzarella shreds

Directions

1Preheat oven to 375°F.

2To make cashew cream, cover cashews in boiling water and let soak 15 minutes. Drain cashews and blend them with 1½ cups fresh water until smooth.

3In a large bowl, toss pita pieces with cashew cream and set aside.

4In a large skillet or sauté pan, heat liquid from marinated artichokes over medium-high heat. Add onions and sauté 2 minutes. Add chopped artichoke hearts, spinach, basil, salt and pepper and stir until ingredients are combined and spinach wilts.

5Spread a third of the vegetable mixture in the bottom of an 8x8-inch baking pan. Top with half the soaked pita. Repeat, ending with remaining third of vegetables. Pour remaining cashew cream over the top. Sprinkle dairy-free mozzarella over that.

6Place strata in preheated oven and bake, uncovered, 45 minutes.

7Broil strata 2 minutes to brown the top.

1 serving contains 372 calories, 19g total fat, 4g saturated fat, 0g trans fat, 0mg cholesterol, 906mg sodium, 46g carbohydrates, 7g fiber, 4g sugars, 5g protein.

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