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Colorful Ham Strata

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: 20 min. + chilling Bake: 30 min.
  • Makes
    8 servings

Ingredients

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

Directions

  • In a large skillet, heat oil over medium-high heat; saute onions and peppers until tender. In a greased 13x9-in. baking dish, layer half of each of the following: bread cubes, onion mixture, ham and cheese. Repeat layers.
  • Whisk together eggs, milk, pepper and salt; pour over layers. Refrigerate, covered, overnight.
  • Preheat oven to 350°. Remove strata from refrigerator while oven heats. Bake, uncovered, until a knife inserted in the center comes out clean, 30-35 minutes.
Nutrition Facts
1 piece: 393 calories, 16g fat (7g saturated fat), 203mg cholesterol, 1338mg sodium, 38g carbohydrate (7g sugars, 3g fiber), 23g protein.

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  • MrsOwens
    Jan 25, 2016

    I made this Christmas morning. Since we eat our holiday dinner on Christmas Eve, I used some leftover ham. I had it prepped before I went to bed. The next morning, I popped it in the oven while everyone opened gifts. The only change I made was topping the strata with a layer of frozen hash browns just before putting it in the oven. Everyone loved it, including the younger grandkids!

  • hibbsbailey
    Apr 11, 2015

    Very good. Made with my leftover Easter ham. Will make this again.

  • JAD745
    Jan 2, 2011

    I have made this recipe several times andreceive many compliments. I have also givenout the recipe. It is delicious!