Bacon, Cheese and Tomato Strata

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  • prep time 15 min
  • total time 3 hr 15 min
  • ingredients 9
  • servings 12
 

Ingredients

7
cups lightly packed 1-inch cubes French bread (8 oz)
2
cups shredded Cheddar cheese (8 oz)
2
cups chopped roma (plum) tomatoes (6 medium)
6
eggs
1 1/2
cups milk
1
teaspoon Dijon mustard
1
teaspoon dried basil leaves
1/2
teaspoon salt
6
slices bacon

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LOCATION

Steps

  • 1 Spray 13x9-inch glass baking dish with cooking spray. Spread bread in baking dish. Sprinkle evenly with 1 1/2 cups of the cheese; mix lightly with bread. Sprinkle with tomatoes.
  • 2 In medium bowl, beat eggs, milk, mustard, basil and salt with fork or wire whisk; pour over bread mixture. Cover tightly and refrigerate at least 2 hours but no longer than 24 hours.
  • 3 Heat oven to 350°F. Bake uncovered 40 to 45 minutes or until knife inserted in center comes out clean. Meanwhile, in 10-inch skillet, cook bacon over medium heat 8 to 10 minutes, turning occasionally, until crisp; drain on paper towel.
  • 4 Crumble bacon. Sprinkle bacon and remaining 1/2 cup cheese over strata. Let stand 10 minutes before serving.
  • 1 Spray 13x9-inch glass baking dish with cooking spray. Spread bread in baking dish. Sprinkle evenly with 1 1/2 cups of the cheese; mix lightly with bread. Sprinkle with tomatoes.
  • 2 In medium bowl, beat eggs, milk, mustard, basil and salt with fork or wire whisk; pour over bread mixture. Cover tightly and refrigerate at least 2 hours but no longer than 24 hours.
  • 3 Heat oven to 350°F. Bake uncovered 40 to 45 minutes or until knife inserted in center comes out clean. Meanwhile, in 10-inch skillet, cook bacon over medium heat 8 to 10 minutes, turning occasionally, until crisp; drain on paper towel.
  • 4 Crumble bacon. Sprinkle bacon and remaining 1/2 cup cheese over strata. Let stand 10 minutes before serving.

EXPERT TIPS

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Expert Tips

Roma tomatoes aren’t as juicy as regular slicing tomatoes, but they hold their shape better during baking and cooking.

For a holiday brunch, serve this breakfast casserole with sliced quick breads and a citrus fruit salad sprinkled with pomegranate seeds.

Instead of sprinkling with shredded cheese, arrange star-shaped cheese cutouts on top of the strata.

Nutritional information

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Nutrition Information

NUTRITION INFORMATION PER SERVING

Serving Size: 1 Serving
Calories
210
(
Calories from Fat
110),
% Daily Value
Total Fat
12g
12%
(Saturated Fat
6g,
6%
Trans Fat
0g
0%
),
Cholesterol
130mg
130%;
Sodium
460mg
460%;
Total Carbohydrate
13g
13%
(Dietary Fiber
0g
0%
  Sugars
3g
3%
),
Protein
12g
12%
;
% Daily Value*:
Vitamin A
10%;
Vitamin C
4%;
Calcium
15%;
Iron
6%;
Exchanges:
1 Starch; 0 Fruit; 0 Other Carbohydrate; 0 Skim Milk; 0 Low-Fat Milk; 0 Milk; 0 Vegetable; 0 Very Lean Meat; 0 Lean Meat; 1 1/2 High-Fat Meat; 1/2 Fat;
Carbohydrate Choices:
1
*Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.