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Colorful Ham Strata Recipe

Colorful Ham Strata Recipe

Marilou's make-ahead breakfast bake is a cinch, particularly when leftover ham is used. Chock-full of peppers, onions and cheese, the eye-opener makes an ideal contribution to brunch buffets and is a great way to start the day.
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 10 min. + chilling Bake: 30 min. YIELD:6-8 servings


  • 2 medium onions, quartered and sliced
  • 3/4 cup each julienned green and sweet red pepper
  • 1 teaspoon olive oil
  • 1 loaf (1 pound) French bread, cut into 1/2-inch cubes
  • 1-1/2 cups diced fully cooked ham (3/4 pound)
  • 1 cup (4 ounces) shredded Monterey Jack cheese
  • 6 eggs
  • 2 cups milk
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon pepper


  • 1. In a large skillet, saute onions and peppers in oil. Place half of the bread cubes in a greased 13-in. x 9-in. baking dish. Sprinkle with half of the onion mixture, ham and cheese. Repeat layers.
  • 2. In a bowl, beat the eggs, milk, salt and pepper. Pour over bread mixture. Cover and refrigerate overnight.
  • 3. Remove from the refrigerator 30 minutes before baking. Bake, uncovered, at 350° for 30-35 minutes or until a knife inserted near the center comes out clean. Yield: 6-8 servings.

Nutritional Facts

1 serving (1 piece) equals 393 calories, 16 g fat (7 g saturated fat), 203 mg cholesterol, 1,338 mg sodium, 38 g carbohydrate, 3 g fiber, 23 g protein.

Wine Pairings

Sparkling Wine

Enjoy this recipe with a sparkling wine.