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Bacon & Cheddar Strata

 Bacon & Cheddar Strata
I prepare this sunrise specialty the day before Christmas so we have something cheesy and hearty to warm our tummies while we open gifts the next morning. The key to its perfection is to let it set overnight.—Deb Healey, Cold Lake, Alberta
10 ServingsPrep: 20 min. + chilling Bake: 45 min.

Ingredients

  • 1 pound bacon strips
  • 1 medium sweet red pepper, finely chopped
  • 8 green onions, thinly sliced
  • 1/2 cup chopped oil-packed sun-dried tomatoes
  • 8 slices white bread, cubed
  • 2 cups (8 ounces) shredded cheddar cheese
  • 6 eggs, lightly beaten
  • 1-1/2 cups 2% milk
  • 1/4 cup mayonnaise
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground mustard
  • 1/8 teaspoon pepper

Directions

  • In a large skillet, cook bacon in batches until crisp; drain on paper
  • towels. Crumble into a small bowl. Add red pepper, onions and
  • tomatoes. In a greased 13x9-in. baking dish, layer half of the
  • bread, bacon mixture and cheese. Top with remaining bread and bacon
  • mixture.
  • In another bowl, combine eggs, milk, mayonnaise and seasonings. Pour
  • over top. Sprinkle with remaining cheese. Cover and refrigerate
  • overnight.
  • Remove from the refrigerator 30 minutes before baking. Preheat oven
  • to 350°. Bake, covered, 40 minutes. Uncover and bake 5-10

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Bacon & Cheddar Strata (continued)

Directions (continued)

  • minutes or until a knife inserted near center comes out clean. Let
  • stand 5 minutes before cutting. Yield: 10 servings.
Nutritional Facts: 1 serving equals 340 calories, 23 g fat (10 g saturated fat), 168 mg cholesterol, 736 mg sodium, 16 g carbohydrate, 1 g fiber, 17 g protein.
Wine: Sparkling Wine: Enjoy this recipe with a sparkling wine.