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Elegant Smoked Salmon Strata

 Elegant Smoked Salmon Strata
This fancy overnight egg bake is ideal for guests. In the morning, you can simply let it come to room temperature and whip up side dishes as it bakes. Then get ready for compliments! —Lisa Speer, Palm Beach, Florida
12 ServingsPrep: 30 min. + chilling Bake: 55 min. + standing

Ingredients

  • 4 cups cubed ciabatta bread
  • 2 tablespoons butter, melted
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 2 cups (8 ounces) shredded Gruyere or Swiss cheese
  • 2 cups (8 ounces) shredded white cheddar cheese
  • 10 green onions, sliced
  • 1/2 pound smoked salmon or lox, coarsely chopped
  • 8 eggs
  • 4 cups 2% milk
  • 4 teaspoons Dijon mustard
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon pepper
  • Creme fraiche or sour cream and minced chives

Directions

  • In a large bowl, toss bread cubes with butter and oil; transfer to a
  • greased 13-in.x 9-in. baking dish. Sprinkle with cheeses, onions and
  • salmon. In another bowl, whisk the eggs, milk, mustard, salt and
  • pepper; pour over top. Cover and refrigerate overnight.
  • Remove from the refrigerator 30 minutes before baking. Cover and bake
  • at 350° for 30 minutes. Uncover; bake 25-30 minutes longer or
  • until a knife inserted near the center comes out clean. Let stand
  • for 10 minutes before serving. Serve with creme fraiche and chives.
  • Yield: 12 servings.

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Nutritional Facts: 1 piece (calculated without creme fraiche) equals 359 calories, 21 g fat (11 g saturated fat), 194 mg cholesterol, 845 mg sodium, 21 g carbohydrate, 1 g fiber, 22 g protein.
Wine: Sparkling Wine: Enjoy this recipe with a sparkling wine.