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Ham & Cheese Strata with Sun-Dried Tomatoes

 Ham & Cheese Strata with Sun-Dried Tomatoes
Brimming with ham, cheese and sun-dried tomatoes, this pretty breakfast casserole feeds a crowd while adding visual appeal to your brunch's spread. It's elegant comfort food at its best.—Kim Deane, Fenton, Missouri
12 ServingsPrep: 30 min. + chilling Bake: 45 min.

Ingredients

  • 1 cup cubed fully cooked ham
  • 1 cup sun-dried tomatoes (not packed in oil), chopped
  • 1 tablespoon minced fresh parsley
  • 1-1/2 teaspoons minced chives
  • 1 loaf sourdough bread (1 pound), crust removed and cut into 1-inch cubes
  • 2 cups (8 ounces) shredded cheddar cheese
  • 12 eggs
  • 1-1/2 cups 2% milk
  • 1/2 cup heavy whipping cream
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon coarsely ground pepper
  • 1/8 teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • 1/8 teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • 1 tablespoon butter, melted

Directions

  • In a small bowl, mix ham, tomatoes, parsley and chives. In a greased
  • 13x9-in. baking dish, layer half of each of the following: bread
  • cubes, ham mixture and cheese. Repeat layers.
  • In a large bowl, whisk eggs, milk, cream and seasonings; pour over
  • layers. Drizzle with melted butter. Refrigerate, covered, overnight.
  • Preheat oven to 350°. Remove strata from refrigerator while oven

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Ham & Cheese Strata with Sun-Dried Tomatoes (continued)

Directions (continued)

  • heats. Bake, uncovered, 45-50 minutes or until a knife inserted near
  • the center comes out clean. (Cover loosely with foil if top browns
  • too quickly.) Let stand 5-10 minutes before cutting. Yield: 12
  • servings.
Nutritional Facts: 1 piece equals 336 calories, 17 g fat (9 g saturated fat), 256 mg cholesterol, 895 mg sodium, 27 g carbohydrate, 1 g fiber, 19 g protein.
Wine: Sparkling Wine: Enjoy this recipe with a sparkling wine.