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Make-Ahead Cheddar, Bacon, and Tomato Strata

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"Wonderful make-ahead breakfast strata."
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9 h 30 m servings 383
Original recipe yields 8 servings (1 9x13-inch strata)


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  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. Whisk milk, eggs, basil, thyme, salt, and pepper together in a bowl until well combined.
  4. Spray a 9x13-inch baking dish with cooking spray and arrange 1/2 of the bread cubes in the bottom.
  5. 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.
  6. Preheat the oven to 325 degrees F (165 degrees C).
  7. 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

Per Serving: 383 calories; 19.6 30 21.4 185 711 Full nutrition

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