Thanksgiving Breakfast: Gluten-Free Pumpkin Strata

Remember last month when I participated in a blogger roundup about the new cookbook, Perfect One-Dish Dinners? Well, in addition to being fun, I also had the opportunity to meet several new bloggers. Bonus.

This month, Shauna James Ahern, of the Gluten-Free Girl and the Chef, proposed a similar roundup, focused on a Gluten-Free Thanksgiving. Gluten-free is a diet followed by folks who are allergic to gluten, which is most commonly found in bread, pastries, pies, stuffing, and other wonderful dishes associated with Thanksgiving. We are not gluten-free in our house (except for that time when I did the blood-type diet and eliminated gluten for 1 week, until I could stand it no longer), but we do have friends and family who avoid gluten and I thought taking part in the Gluten-Free Thanksgiving roundup would be a fun challenge.

My dish for the roundup is a Gluten-Free Pumpkin Strata, which would be nice for a pre- or post-Thanksgiving breakfast. You know, when you have most of your family in town, need to feed them, and are beyond tired of cooking? Stratas are great for that, since you throw them together quickly the night before, then pop in the oven for an hour before breakfast. Easy Peasy, with loads of options.

For this strata, I started with a recipe I have made before from Cooking Light, Sourdough-Pumpkin Strata. I substituted gluten-free bread from Zest Bakery in San Carlos, and used a combination of Monterey jack and sharp cheddar cheeses. I made the dish in a 8×8 dish, since I like my strata a little crispier, but if you like yours more like a souffle, then use a 2-quart souffle dish. The end result will be a fluffier, softer strata, and both are perfect as a savory brunch dish.

Gluten-Free Pumpkin Strata

  • 6 slices (1 1/4 inch) white gluten-free bread
  • 6 ounces shredded Monterey Jack and sharp cheddar cheeses (or substitute what you have in the fridge)
  • 1/2 cup chopped scallions (or yellow onion)
  • 1 (or 2) cans chopped green chiles, drained if you are using canned
  • 1 2/3 cup milk
  • 1/2 tsp dried thyme
  • 1/2 tsp dried sage
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 1/4 tsp black pepper
  • 1 1/2 cups pumpkin puree
  • 2 large eggs

Spray 8×8 baking dish with cooking spray. Break up 2 slices of bread on the bottom of the dish; top with 1/2 cup cheese, one-third of the onions, and one-third of the chiles. Repeat two more times.

Mix milk, thyme, sage, salt, pepper, pumpkin and eggs together in blender until smooth. Pour over bread layers; cover and refrigerate overnight.

Preheat oven to 350F. Uncover strata and bake for 65 minutes, until knife inserted in center comes out clean. Let stand 10 minutes before serving.

If you are interested in learning more about Gluten-Free Baking, I suggest you invest in the brand-new cookbook by Shauna James Ahern, Gluten Free Girl and the Chef. With loads of recipes for the beginning and advanced cook, this book will help ease the transition into a gluten-free diet. Shauna features quite a few baked goods in the book, and talks in-depth about the different flours and how to use them and why it’s important to bake by weight (good for non-gluten-free bakers too!)

Here are the rest of the folks who participated in the Gluten Free Thanksgiving Roundup:

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5 Comments

  1. Posted November 15, 2010 at 8:57 pm | Permalink

    This strata sounds PERFECT for a Thanksgiving or ANYTIME breakfast/brunch dish! Thanks for posting!

  2. Posted November 16, 2010 at 4:54 am | Permalink

    Oh what a lovely thing addition to any Thanksgiving table! Last year I had not one, but TWO vegetarians coming to my dinner, and I drove all my friend mad, asking them what I should make for them as a substitute “main dish” even though my vegetarian friends told me that all the side dishes would be enough.

    I can imagine that this would be perfect for them, along with the other omnivore eaters at the table. This year we’re hosting our Thanksgiving elsewhere without any vegetarians, but I might still have to make this…

  3. Kitchen Gadget Girl
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    Posted November 16, 2010 at 11:33 pm | Permalink

    You are right, I think this is a good anytime dish! With the green chilis, you could probably also serve it for dinner, with a nice salad and a glass of wine, and you would be all set….

  4. Kitchen Gadget Girl
    Twitter: kitchengirl
    Posted November 16, 2010 at 11:36 pm | Permalink

    I never thought of this as a dish for the Thanksgiving table, but you and Peggy have me thinking differently! Our table is certainly welcoming to all dietary needs and restrictions, but I don’t think we have ever had a vegetarian or celiac dine with us. Our loss, there is definitely interesting dishes out there for both these guests!

  5. Posted November 23, 2010 at 2:04 pm | Permalink

    A wonderful breakfast idea, great looking pumpkin strata, thanks for the recipe.

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