January 6, 2010

Ham and Cheese Strata (Recipe from Fran Scibelli, Fran's Filling Station, Charlotte, NC)

Unsalted butter

12-14 slices day-old Italian bread or baguette, cut into ½-inch slices

1 cup diced Serrano or Virginia ham

1 cup grated sharp white cheddar

1 cup grated Fontina cheese

2 tablespoons minced chives or green onion

4 roma tomatoes, cut in ¼-inch slices

8 large eggs

4 cups milk or half-and-half

2 tablespoons Dijon mustard or 1 teaspoon dry mustard

1 teaspoon kosher salt and black pepper to taste

1. Butter bottom and sides of baking dish. Arrange half of bread slices in tight rows to cover bottom of dish. Sprinkle with half the ham, cheeses and chives or green onion. Add another layer of bread and cover with remaining ham, cheese, chives or green onions. Arrange tomatoes in pattern over the top.

2. Whisk eggs with milk, mustard, salt and pepper in a large bowl until well combined. Pour over bread mixture. Cover with plastic wrap and refrigerate overnight.

3. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Let strata sit on counter 20-25 minutes, then unwrap and bake for about 1 hour, until top is golden and a knife inserted into the center comes out clean.

Posted by Orrin Judd at January 6, 2010 7:30 AM
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