Rita's Eggs Strata


This is a wonderful recipe for a special occasion Brunch or Breakfast. Passed on to my by a dear friend, this has been a Christmas Morning tradition in my home for almost 10 years.

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


  • 10 slices stale white bread

  • ¼ cup butter, softened

  • 3 cups shredded Cheddar cheese

  • 3 cups shredded Monterey Jack cheese

  • 8 eggs, beaten

  • 2 cups half-and-half cream

  • 2 cups milk

  • 1 teaspoon brown sugar

  • ¼ teaspoon paprika

  • 1 ½ teaspoons salt

  • ½ teaspoon ground black pepper

  • teaspoon cayenne pepper

  • ½ teaspoon onion powder

  • 1 teaspoon mustard powder

  • 1 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce

  • 1 tablespoon chopped fresh parsley for garnish


  1. Spread butter onto one side of each slice of bread. Cut into quarters. Lay half of the bread, butter side down, in the bottom of a 9x13 inch baking dish. Top with half of the Cheddar cheese and half of the Monterey Jack. Layer the remaining bread over the cheese, and top with the other halves of the cheeses.

  2. In a large bowl, whisk together the eggs, half-and-half, and milk. Stir in the brown sugar, salt, pepper, cayenne, onion powder, mustard powder, and Worcestershire sauce. Pour over the cheese and bread. Cover, and refrigerate at least 6 hours, preferably overnight.

  3. Preheat the oven to 325 degrees F (165 degrees C). Bake the strata uncovered for 1 hour in the preheated oven. Let stand for 10 minutes before serving. Slice and garnish with fresh parsley.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

458 Calories
33g Fat
16g Carbs
24g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 12
Calories 458
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 33g 43%
Saturated Fat 20g 99%
Cholesterol 214mg 71%
Sodium 910mg 40%
Total Carbohydrate 16g 6%
Dietary Fiber 1g 2%
Total Sugars 4g
Protein 24g
Vitamin C 1mg 5%
Calcium 602mg 46%
Iron 2mg 11%
Potassium 246mg 5%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

** Nutrient information is not available for all ingredients. Amount is based on available nutrient data.

(-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a medically restrictive diet, please consult your doctor or registered dietitian before preparing this recipe for personal consumption.

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