Morning Strata

 

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Hello all–I have a dear friend Sue, who is one of those cooks who always sets beautiful (and delicious!) food  out on the table.  She gave me this recipe 35 years ago and I’ve been making it ever since!   It’s a Christmas morning favorite because you make it the day before and in the morning you just pop it into the oven while kids are digging into Santa gifts!  An old standby, I think you’d like it too.

MORNING STRATA
1 pound loaf white bread with a soft crust
3 cups grated cheddar (or jack or Swiss)
7 eggs
3 cups milk
1/2 tsp. salt
1/4 tsp. freshly ground pepper
1/2 pound ham, cut to smallish bits*
1 cup chopped red, yellow and/or green bell pepper

Cut the bread into 1″ cubes.  Spread them out in a 9″x13″ baking dish that has been sprayed with cooking spray.

In a mixing bowl, beat the eggs with a whisk until frothy.  Then stir in the cheddar, milk, salt and pepper.  Finally add in the ham and pepper bits.  Pour the egg mixture over the bread cubes and “smoosh” it down slightly.

Cover the strata with foil and refrigerate it over night.

In the morning, take out the strata and let it sit out for about 30 minutes to come to room temperature. Put it into a 350 degree oven, covered with the foil, for 30 minutes.  Then remove the foil and cook the strata 25 to 30 minutes more uncovered until it’s nicely browned and cooked through.  Enjoy the strata while it’s still puffy, hot from the oven.

*In the place of the ham, you could substitute cooked bacon or breakfast sausage and in the place of the peppers use broccoli, green chilis, mushrooms…  It’s a versatile dish that can sustain a lot of flavors!

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26 thoughts on “Morning Strata

  1. Yum this looks delicious! Thank you, Rhonda. 😊
    I’m not a ham person, however I can see using chicken sausage for this. This is a warming sweet recipe for the holidays! Sending much loving your way, Rhonda. Hugs xo

  2. Hi Rhonda – I have a very similar recipe that I make called Hattie’s Eggs (named after my late mother in law) , in fact it is almost exactly the same except instead of ham, she used Little Smokies. Like you I make it the night before. I’ve been making this for years for Thanksgiving and Christmas mornings and my kids still clamor for it – Kat

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