Farmer's Strata


For an inexpensive and easy-to-prepare dish, try this hearty casserole. You can assemble it ahead and bake it just before leaving for a potluck. People go back for seconds since it includes tasty basic ingredients like bacon, cheese and potatoes. -Pat Kuether, Westminster, Colorado

Prep Time:
25 mins
Cook Time:
1 hrs 5 mins
Total Time:
1 hrs 30 mins
12 servings


  • 1 pound sliced bacon, cut into 1/2 inch pieces

  • 2 cups chopped fully cooked ham

  • 1 small onion, chopped

  • 10 slices white bread, cubed

  • 1 cup cubed cooked potatoes

  • 3 cups shredded Cheddar cheese

  • 8 eggs

  • 3 cups milk

  • 1 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce

  • 1 teaspoon ground mustard

  • 1 dash salt and pepper


  1. In a large skillet, cook bacon over medium heat until crisp; add ham and onion. Cook and stir until onion is tender; drain.

  2. In a greased 13-in. x 9-in. x 2-in. baking dish, layer half the bread cubes, potatoes and cheese. Top with all of the bacon mixture. Repeat layers of bread, potatoes and cheese.

  3. In a bowl, beat the eggs; add milk, Worcestershire sauce, mustard, salt and pepper. Pour over all. Cover and chill overnight.

  4. Remove from refrigerator 30 minutes before baking. Bake, uncovered, at 325 degrees F for 65-70 minutes or until a knife inserted near the center comes out clean.