I was asked to make a main dish for a breakfast meeting at work a few years ago. Everyone always made stratas and french toast casseroles. I played around with a few recipes I had and decided to try something on the cream dried beef side. I came up with this. Instead of being a french toast casserole, I just added the dried beef and some cheese to my plain bread and ended up with a cream dried beef cassrole. Everyone raved over this! Those that couldn't eat pork appreciated the beef instead of bacon or sausage.
Butter all slices of bread, chop into cubes (you can remove crusts if you prefer).
Cover bottom of a cooking sprayed 13x9x2 baking dish with 1/2 of the bread cubes. Add a layer of the chipped dried beef (chop it out of package, do not lay down the slices, 1/2 of the cheddar cheese. Repeat with a second layer. (If you don't want to take the time to layer, I just dump everything in a bowl and mix well, then pour into the baking dish).
Beat eggs slightly. Add milk to eggs, beat til well blended. Salt and pepper to taste. Pour over your layers or mixture. (If you choose to mix everything together, add the egg mixture to the bread mixture, stir together, than pour in greased baking dish).