This is the perfect company breakfast: custardy from fresh farm eggs, milk, and lots of cheese and-best of all-assembled the night before. Not just a convenience for the host, the strata sitting overnight makes the dish more custardy. When we know we’re having a crowd for breakfast on the farm, a strata is our go-to dish.

Ingredients

  • 8 ounces Italian bread, cut into ½ inch thick slices (about 16), lightly toasted
  • 6 ounces smoked ham, diced
  • 1 ½ cups (6 ounces) shredded sharp Cheddar cheese
  • 8 large eggs
  • 3 cups milk
  • ¾ teaspoon salt
  • Pinch of cayenne pepper

Additional Information

  • Prep Time: 3hr
  • Cook Time: 1hr 15m

Instructions

Grease a shallow 2-quart baking dish. Arrange a layer of bread, a layer of ham, and a layer of cheese in the baking dish. Repeat, making one more layer.

In a large bowl, whisk together the eggs, milk, salt, and cayenne and pour over the bread, ham, and cheese. Cover and refrigerate for at least 3 hours and up to overnight.

Preheat the oven to 350ºF.

Uncover the strata and place it on a rimmed baking sheet. Bake for 1 ½ hours, or until the strata is puffed, golden brown, and set. Let the strata stand for 10 minutes before serving.

Variations

Substitute 2 cups of cooked vegetables (such as asparagus, broccoli, or chopped spinach) for the ham.

Make a chicken sausage and apple strata by dicing a large sweet apple and sautéing it in 2 teaspoons of butter until crisp-tender. Use 6 ounces of smoked chicken sausage, thinly sliced, instead of ham. Layer the apple along with the sausage.

Swap in 6 ounces of sliced Canadian bacon for the ham and use Gruyere or Swiss cheese in place of cheddar.

This recipe can be found in our Beekman 1802 Heirloom Cookbook.

by Josh and Brent

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