Thursday, May 31, 2018

Ham & Cheddar Strata

Once posted as part of an advent calendar, I still feel this is a great recipe that can make a great make-ahead breakfast dish.  You can freeze individual servings and enjoy for a quick breakfast or lunch.

8 oz. thinly sliced deli ham
3 cups reduced-fat (2%) milk
7 large eggs
2 Tbsp. Dijon mustard
1 tsp. fresh thyme leaves, chopped
Salt and pepper
1 loaf French bread (about 12 oz.), cut into 14-in. slices
8 oz. cheddar cheese, shredded
1 Tbsp. snipped fresh chives

Spray 2-quart baking dish with cooking spray. Line dish with ham. In large bowl, whisk together milk, eggs, mustard, thyme, 1/4 teaspoon salt, and 1/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper until well blended.

Arrange half of bread slices, overlapping slightly, on bottom of prepared dish. Pour half of milk mixture over bread. Sprinkle with half of cheddar. Repeat layering. Cover with plastic wrap and refrigerate at least 1 hour or up to overnight.

Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Remove plastic wrap and bake strata 50 to 55 minutes or until golden and knife inserted in center comes out clean. Let stand 5 minutes. Garnish with chives. Makes 6 main-dish servings

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For 2018 the monthly recipe themes will be:
   January - Chicken Soup (ChickJan)
   February - Beef Stew (StewFeb)
   March - Jambalaya (JambMar)
   May - Ham and Shrimp Dishes (ShrHamMay)
   June - Bread recipes
   July - Garden Delights
   August- Grilling
   September - Salsa, Corn and Jelly
   October - Squash Dishes
   November - Pumpkin Recipes
   December - Herbal Cocktails

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