This is our Christmas morning Strata recipe. Of course, we also enjoy it throughout the year!
1/2 a stick of butter
2 cups bread cubes
6 large eggs, well beaten
1 1/2 cups half and half
1 teaspoon ground dry mustard
1/2 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
1/2 onion, chopped (OR, 1/3 cup chopped green onions)
12 slices bacon, cooked crisp, crumbled (OR, 1 cup chopped, cooked ham)
12 oz shredded sharp Cheddar cheese
Preheat oven to 400 degrees.
Spray a 13×9 inch baking dish with cooking spray, and use it to melt butter in the oven. Add the bread cubes and toss with the melted butter. Set aside.
In a large bowl, whisk the eggs and milk together. Mix in the dry mustard, black pepper, and onions. Pour egg mixture over the bread. Spread crumbled bacon or ham and shredded cheese over the egg mixture. Cover with foil and refrigerate at least 4 hours or overnight.
When time to bake, take foil off and bake in preheated 400 degree oven for 45 minutes, or until golden and bubbly. Remove from oven and allow it to sit for about 10 minutes before cutting into serving sized pieces.
You can serve it with fresh fruit on the side.
We love to serve it with bowls of sour cream and salsa to be added to taste, as well.
** NOTE: The bread cubes can be from whatever type bread you prefer. Often, we use french bread or sourdough, but plain old loaf bread works, too. We also leave on the crusts, but you can remove the crusts if preferred.