Wonderful make-ahead breakfast strata.


Recipe Summary

1 hr 5 mins
8 hrs 5 mins
9 hrs 30 mins
20 mins
1 9x13-inch strata


Original recipe yields 8 servings
The ingredient list now reflects the servings specified
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Instructions Checklist
  • Cook bacon in a large nonstick skillet over medium heat until crisp, about 10 minutes. Remove bacon from pan, reserving drippings in the skillet. Crumble when cool enough to handle.

  • Add onion to drippings in the skillet; saute for 4 minutes. Add garlic and saute for 1 minute. Remove from heat; combine onion mixture and bacon.

  • Whisk milk, eggs, basil, thyme, salt, and pepper together in a bowl until well combined.

  • Spray a 9x13-inch baking dish with cooking spray and arrange 1/2 of the bread cubes in the bottom.

  • Top bread cubes with 2/3 cup Cheddar cheese, 1/2 of the onion mixture, and 6 tomato slices. Pour 1/2 of the milk mixture over tomatoes. Top with remaining bread cubes and 2/3 cup Cheddar. Top with remaining onion mixture, tomato slices, and milk mixture. Cover and place in the refrigerator to chill at least 8 hours or up to 24 hours.

  • Preheat the oven to 325 degrees F (165 degrees C).

  • Bake strata in the preheated oven, uncovered, for 55 minutes. Sprinkle with remaining Cheddar cheese and bake until cheese melts, an additional 5 minutes. Let stand 5 minutes before serving.

Cook's Notes:

You can use 1 cup bacon bits in place of 3 cooked bacon slices.

If you don't have fresh basil and thyme, use 2 tablespoons dried basil and 1/4 teaspoon dried thyme.

Nutrition Facts

383 calories; protein 21.4g; carbohydrates 30g; fat 19.6g; cholesterol 184.9mg; sodium 711.2mg. Full Nutrition