ham and cheese strata

★★★★★ 2 Reviews
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By Terrie Hoelscher
from Harpers Ferry, WV

I've served this both for breakfast/brunch, as well as for dinner with a salad. It's very versatile, and you can do it with chicken instead of the ham, if you prefer.

serves 4
prep time 10 Min
cook time 45 Min

Ingredients For ham and cheese strata

  • 4 slice
    bread, cubed
  • 2 oz
    cheese, cut in small cubes (i like to use swiss cheese, w/ the ham, but you can use any cheese that suits your tastebuds).
  • 3/4 c
    ham, cubed
  • 2 Tbsp
    butter
  • 3
    eggs
  • 1 c
    milk
  • 1/4 tsp
    dry mustard
  • 1/4 tsp
    salt
  • 1/2 tsp
    onion flakes
  • 2 oz
    shredded cheddar cheese
  • paprika
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How To Make ham and cheese strata

  • 1
    Lightly grease a small baking dish, such as a 8x8" pan, or a small casserole dish. Layer half of the bread cubes on the bottom. Layer the cheese cubes and the ham over the bread. (Note: At this point, you can layer some chopped spinach over the ham/cheese, if desired ... but make SURE the spinach is well-drained, and squeezed VERY dry! Top with the remaining bread cubes. Dot with butter.)
  • 2
    In a small bowl, beat together the eggs, milk, seasonings, and onion flakes.
  • 3
    Pour the milk mixture over the entire bread mixture. Sprinkle shredded cheese on top. Sprinkle with paprika.
  • 4
    Refrigerate overnight, or at least a couple of hours.
  • 5
    Preheat oven to 375°. Bake for 45 minutes, until set. Serve hot, with a salad, if making for dinner. If you're using this for a brunch, some fresh fruit on the side is nice, like pineapple or a fresh fruit salad.
  • 6
    Note: if you really like cheese, add extra. I do, and nothing's better than a "little extra cheese". :o)

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