This is a wonderful recipe that can be prepared ahead of time. Serve with a crisp green salad and lots of hot French bread. Use any combination of crab and shrimp, or just use one of them.

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Recipe Summary

prep:
30 mins
cook:
1 hr
additional:
2 hrs
total:
3 hrs 30 mins
Servings:
8
Yield:
8 servings
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Ingredients

8
Original recipe yields 8 servings
The ingredient list now reflects the servings specified
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Directions

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  • Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C). Cut each slice of bread into 4 triangles. Place them on a baking sheet, and bake for about 10 minutes, or until toasted. Allow to cool, then spread pesto onto one side of each piece of bread. Set aside.

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  • Melt the butter in a large skillet over medium heat. Add the mushrooms; cook and stir until all of the liquid has evaporated. Add the onions; cook and stir for a couple of minutes, then pour in the sherry. Simmer for 1 minute.

  • Place half of the bread triangles into a greased 9x13 inch baking dish with the pesto side facing up. Sprinkle half of the cheese over the bread. Spread the shrimp and crabmeat over the cheese. Top with the mushroom and onion mixture, then sprinkle all but 1/2 cup of the remaining cheese over the mushrooms. Cover with the other half of the bread so that the pesto side is facing down. In a large bowl, whisk together the eggs, half-and-half, salt, and cayenne pepper. Pour over the entire casserole. Cover and refrigerate for at least 2 and up to 24 hours. Remove from the refrigerator for one hour before baking.

  • Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C). Combine the 1 cup of reserved cheese with the panko crumbs in a plastic bag. Shake to blend, and sprinkle over the top of the casserole.

  • Bake uncovered for 55 to 60 minutes in the preheated oven, or until a knife inserted in the center comes out clean. Let stand for 15 minutes before serving. Garnish with fresh tomato and basil or chives.

Nutrition Facts

790 calories; protein 45.5g; carbohydrates 39.5g; fat 51.2g; cholesterol 309.6mg; sodium 1078.4mg. Full Nutrition
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Reviews (8)

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Most helpful positive review

Rating: 4 stars
12/28/2007
I took negative review to heart (the pesto-crab combo seemed too much to me also) and cut out pesto and shrimp to get pure crab taste. I rep lced the pesto with lemon butter (lightly spread). Examine type of cheese to suit your taste; nothing too strong to preserve crab flavor. I used provalone. Read More
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Most helpful critical review

Rating: 2 stars
12/30/2006
We served this strata for Christmas brunch and unfortunately it didn't go over too well. There were a LOT of steps to prepare the dish; it took longer than I expected to put it together. The taste was just okay; it seemed to be missing something but I don't know what since there are so many ingredients already in it. I really wanted to like this; sorry. Read More
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8 Ratings
  • 5 star values: 4
  • 4 star values: 2
  • 3 star values: 1
  • 2 star values: 1
  • 1 star values: 0
Rating: 4 stars
12/28/2007
I took negative review to heart (the pesto-crab combo seemed too much to me also) and cut out pesto and shrimp to get pure crab taste. I rep lced the pesto with lemon butter (lightly spread). Examine type of cheese to suit your taste; nothing too strong to preserve crab flavor. I used provalone. Read More
(10)
Rating: 2 stars
12/30/2006
We served this strata for Christmas brunch and unfortunately it didn't go over too well. There were a LOT of steps to prepare the dish; it took longer than I expected to put it together. The taste was just okay; it seemed to be missing something but I don't know what since there are so many ingredients already in it. I really wanted to like this; sorry. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
02/15/2011
Excellent dish. I used a sundried tomato pesto and it worked beautifully. A great company dish as you can make it ahead. This dish a green salad and glass of white wine - Yummy! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
03/19/2007
I made this for an Easter gathering along side 2 other egg pies and it was a huge hit! Definately worth the work. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
09/21/2015
My whole family loved this! I followed the recipe exactly except I had already cut up the bread into small chunks so I just mixed the pesto in with the egg and cream mixture. It made the house smell wonderful! Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
08/29/2013
I liked this.. first bite I wasn't sure but hen second bite it was good. I used skim milk a little less cheese and no butter. The cheese was a little tart.. not a big fan of swiss anyway so next time I think I might use Monterey Jack or another milder cheeese Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
12/27/2012
What a great success! My suggestion is to raise the cooking temperature to 400/425. wait until it starts to bubble then you are guaranteed that the middle will be cooked and hot. Cooking time varies with each oven. Read More
Rating: 3 stars
01/31/2018
Because of previous reviews and the fact that our family did not want a lot of basil I used shrimp sauce with horseradish as my seasoning.. It was ok but not something I would make again. Read More
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