Tuesday, February 10, 2009

Cheese Strata

This recipe came from My mom's friends who hosted an engagement party for Jim and me. It's great for a do-ahead breakfast, but I also serve it without bacon for dinner with a green salad. It's always a big hit. Make sure you buy really good cheese! It makes a big difference in the flavor. You can riff on this recipe by adding almost any cooked vegetables. Just make sure that they are fairly dry or cut back a little on the milk.

Serves 8

The day before:
Grease an 8x12 casserole

7 slices white bread
8 oz grated extra sharp cheddar cheese
6 eggs
3 cups milk
4 minced green onions (optional)
1/2 tsp salt
1/4 tsp pepper
1 tsp dry mustard
1/4-1/2 tsp cayenne
1 tbl worstershire sauce
3 slices bacon-cut in half or butter to dot top of casserole
Optional- 8 oz cubed ham or cooked sausage

Place bread and cheese in casserole. Beat eggs, milk & seasonings and pour over bread and cheese. Lay bacon on top. (If you don't use bacon, dot with butter.) Refrigerate, covered overnight.

Preheat oven to 350 Bake uncovered 50-55 minutes.

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