Saturday, October 15, 2011

Bacon 'n' Cheese Strata

What is a strata? Well, I realized after I made this that it is a fancy word for "casserole". Casserole is a bad word at our house. Call me a food snob, but we do not do a lot of casseroles at our house. However, there are a few casseroles that we like to make, and this "Strata" has made the list. From the crispy bacon to the ooey gooey cheese, there is not a whole lot not to like! We love having breakfast for dinner too, so we just added this to our repertoire. Plus, you can make it ahead of time and keep it in the fridge for later!

Bacon 'n' Cheese Strata

8 slices firm white bread
2 scallions, chopped (including green)
8 slices pre- cooked bacon, chopped
1 cup shredded sharp cheddar cheese
1 (14 ounce) can diced tomatoes, drained
3 eggs
1 1/2 cups milk
1/8 teaspoon black pepper
1/8 teaspoon hot pepper sauce
  1. Coat shallow baking dish with cooking spray.
  2. Arrange half the bread in single layer in dish, cutting to fit.
  3. Cover with half the scallions, bacon, cheese and tomatoes.
  4. Repeat for a second layer.
  5. Combine eggs, milk, pepper and hot-pepper sauce.
  6. Pour over casserole.
  7. Cover.
  8. (Can be made ahead and refrigerated for up to 2 hours).
  9. Heat oven to 375°F.
  10. Bake uncovered for 45 minutes or until lightly browned.
  11. If browning too quickly, cover loosely with foil.

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