Savory Herb & Gruyere Strata

November 22, 2009.   4 Comments.   Categories Chef David Lawrence, Christmas, Fabulous Side Dishes, Thanksgiving Dinner, Vegetarian.  

Savory Herb & Gruyere Strata

Recipe and Photo Reprinted with Permission by Chef David Lawrence

Serves 8

  • ¼ cup unsalted butter, plus more for buttering pan
  • 2 shallots, sliced
  • 1/2 cup dry white wine
  • 6 large eggs
  • 2 1/2 cups heavy cream
  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1 teaspoon white pepper
  • 2½ cups Gruyere cheese (about 10 ounces
  • 2½ cups Swiss cheese (about 10 ounces)
  • ¼ cup fresh chives, chopped
  • ¼ cup fresh sage, chopped
  • ¼ cup fresh marjoram, chopped
  • 1 pound loaf of day old French bread, cut into ½-inch pieces

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.

Liberally butter a 7×11 inch glass baking dish and set aside. Saute shallots in butter until soft. Add wine and simmer for about 3 to 5 minutes to reduce the wine. Set aside.

Whisk eggs, cream, salt and pepper in a large bowl, add shallot wine mixture. Combine the cheese and herbs together. Add al but 1 cup cheese to the egg mixture then carefully fold in the bread pieces. Allow to stand a minimum of 1 hour in the refrigerator.

Pour mixture into prepared pan and sprinkle with remaining cheese herb mixture. Bake bread pudding until golden and puffed, about 40 minutes. Cool 10 minutes.


  1. Sorry Cindy, I’m just seeing this comment. The ingredients would be delicious with potatoes. If you try it let me know how it turns out.

  2. would it be OK to supstitute the bread with potatoe’s

  3. I love Gruyere! One of my favorite cooking cheese’s. Going to try this recipe for New Year’s morning!

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