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Farmer's Strata Recipe

Farmer's Strata Recipe

For an inexpensive and easy-to-prepare dish, try this hearty casserole. You can assemble it ahead and bake it just before leaving for a potluck. People go back for seconds since it includes tasty basic ingredients like bacon, cheese and potatoes. —Pat Kuether, Westminster, Colorado
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 25 min. + chilling Bake: 65 min. YIELD:12-16 servings


  • 1 pound sliced bacon, cut into 1/2-inch pieces
  • 2 cups chopped fully cooked ham
  • 1 small onion, chopped
  • 10 slices white bread, cubed
  • 1 cup cubed cooked potatoes
  • 3 cups (12 ounces) shredded cheddar cheese
  • 8 large eggs
  • 3 cups milk
  • 1 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce
  • 1 teaspoon ground mustard
  • Dash salt and pepper


  • 1. In a large skillet, cook bacon over medium heat until crisp; add ham and onion. Cook and stir until onion is tender; drain.
  • 2. In a greased 13x9-in. baking dish, layer half the bread cubes, potatoes and cheese. Top with all of the bacon mixture. Repeat layers of bread, potatoes and cheese.
  • 3. In a large bowl, beat the eggs; add the milk, Worcestershire sauce, mustard, salt and pepper. Pour over all. Cover and chill overnight.
  • 4. Remove from refrigerator 30 minutes before baking. Preheat oven to 325°. Bake, uncovered, for 65-70 minutes or until a knife inserted near the center comes out clean. Yield: 16 servings.

Nutritional Facts

1 piece: 276 calories, 17g fat (8g saturated fat), 152mg cholesterol, 659mg sodium, 14g carbohydrate (3g sugars, 1g fiber), 17g protein.

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I_Fortuna User ID: 8342880 259568
Reviewed Jan. 12, 2017

"I think this is best with stale or oven baked bread slices so that it is the consistency of croutons. Good cheese is a must. Monterey Jack melts well or Guyere and Longhorn is good too. I love this recipe and as long as it is seasoned properly it is a star. More than a dash of salt and pepper are needed for the flavors to be enhanced. : )"

JGa2595176 User ID: 496732 246703
Reviewed Apr. 6, 2016

"Solid recipe, tasty and easy to prepare. Would make again, although, next time would jazz it up a bit more with more spices and perhaps a meat with more heat (chorizo, spicy bulk sausage, etc.) Family all enjoyed as written though."

Bonito User ID: 1630276 229369
Reviewed Jul. 11, 2015

"OMG this was a huge success at our church brunch - had to give out the recipe 4 times."

rena 55 User ID: 1935799 228209
Reviewed Jun. 19, 2015

"Strata's are so easy and fun to make. This is a great recipe with all the good stuff to make it hardy and tasty. You can change up the meats, leave out the potatoes or make it just as listed."

gaylene2 User ID: 3368539 214073
Reviewed Dec. 5, 2014

"You've got to plan ahead for this one, but it's worth the effort. It's a good way to use left over ham or bacon We use it for special occasions.."

Unaka User ID: 1161606 13302
Reviewed Oct. 10, 2014

"I prepared this delicious dish the night before and baked it before leaving for school. l will certainly make this one again. The crowd loved it."

217 3439168 User ID: 5305367 8299
Reviewed Sep. 24, 2014 Edited Oct. 2, 2014

"I have been making this for years after seeing it in the Taste of Home magazine. It is one of the best breakfast casseroles I have ever eaten!"

menana41 User ID: 7119992 12771
Reviewed Sep. 24, 2014

"in ONE WORD : YUMMY (My grand child's word)"

DebHoldridge User ID: 1626366 9475
Reviewed Sep. 24, 2014

"A quick tip for this recipe is to use canned, cubed potatoes that have been well drained. (Each can is about 1 cup) For some reason, they hold their shape and the texture is perfect. Other than that, there is absolutely nothing I would do different. It is delicious. Sometimes I DO add a splash or two of Tobasco sauce, especially if I'm using pepper-jack cheese. YUMMY!!!"

Pup'mom User ID: 4288139 9269
Reviewed Feb. 7, 2014

"Followed the directions, but used center-cut bacon and doubled the potatoes. I'm thinking that the potatoes could have been 4X and maybe reduce by one slice of bread. Could also get by with just 2 cups of cheese -- but all in all, this is a darn good recipe that offers lots of possibilities with variations!"

Charlevoix1 User ID: 7526642 13913
Reviewed Dec. 8, 2013

"A very nice egg strata recipe. Made 72 generous adult servings for church brunch. I researched all over the net for a recipe of this size and could not find any specifically for the big steamer pans, so I share my adventure with you here. I made the equivalent of nine 9x13 pans in three 12 x 20 "hotel" steamer pans, 2.5 inches in depth. You could feed 100 with these quantites. Of course I modified it somewhat. I used 2 (two) 16 oz packages of cubed potatoes per pan, ( cook in bacon grease in the oven then cooled while preparing everything else, and cut back the bread by half to use just 15 slices per pan.) Yes I changed up the meat to use 3 lbs cubed ham ( 1 lb per pan): I bought lunch meat on sale unsliced and cubed it myself. Also used 2 lbs of bacon per pan ( cook this in the oven 375 laid out on jelly roll pans sprayed with Pam and covered loosely with foil to contain spatters.) make sure the bacon is plenty crisp! Lastly I used about 1.5 lbs sausage crumbles per pan. You could add or subtract any way you wish. I also added more egg mixture than called for just to make sure everything was submerged for the overnight soak. Instead of 24 eggs per pan I used at least 30 per pan and added only 4 cups of whole milk 1/3 cup worcheshire, 2 tablespoons dry mustard powder. I sautéed the onions til just slightly browned with some plain cooking oil. I purchased 6 lbs of cheese which I machine shredded with a cuisinart. That created mountains of shredded cheese and I apologize for not knowing how many cups that resulted in. I used half sharp cheddar and half pepper Jack. Additionally I had purchased a 60 oz bag of shredded cheddar cheese from a restaurant store and I put that cheese on top of Each Pan in the last 20 minutes of baking. After the overnight soak in a refrigerator I brought the pans to room temp for 1 1/2 hours. I then baked them in a convection oven at 325 covered for 75 minutes. I checked for doneness with a knife in the middle at least 2 times, so I suggest you do the same. Ovens can vary a lot. My times are a guideline for you, not set in stone. You cannot raise the oven temp just because you are cooking in huge pans. A regular oven could take over 2 hours to get everything cooked before the next part where the cheese melted on top. I put on the cheese topping and cooked uncovered 20 minutes more. Let sit for 15-30 minutes before serving. I cut each pan into 24 servings with 3 sections longways and 8 sections short ways. If you served something else, like hash brown casserole I'd suggest smaller servings. It is nearly impossible to find this recipe in these portions on the net. I hope this will help all of the church ladies like me who end up cooking for large groups."

angieact1 User ID: 1990802 8331
Reviewed Aug. 8, 2013 Edited Nov. 23, 2014

"We really enjoyed this make ahead dish. I used toasted wheat bread, turkey bacon, 2% milk, frozen hash browns and egg beaters."

triciajuhl User ID: 5555726 200539
Reviewed May. 11, 2013

"This is very easy to make and the whole family loves it"

gina1016 User ID: 3513935 9951
Reviewed Dec. 24, 2012

"I have been making this recipe for many years for a variety of occasions. People always request seconds, and then the recipe!! I have increased the potatoes as one cup got lost in the recipes size ( I usually use @2 1/2 to 3 cups). I have varied the cheese type, left out the ham, added sausage.... it is always a hit."

BabsH User ID: 4789522 8298
Reviewed Jul. 1, 2012

"My family did not give this recipe a single "Nay!" Drain and blot bacon, use a medium-sized onion, and low-fat cheddar cheese since casserole tends to be a bit rich. Worth the effort, and it (and you) will get rave reviews."

scrapo User ID: 2908723 200538
Reviewed Jun. 27, 2011

"Very good, very filling. Used frozen cubed potatos that were thawed. Wheat bread tasted great for the bread cubes. Used canadian bacon instead of ham. Only difference I would change is I used turkey Bacon - which next time I would use center cut bacon."

amcf User ID: 4505141 3215
Reviewed Jun. 27, 2011

"Made this for a family reunion weekend. No one liked it. Bland flavor, bread was mucky, runny. Followed directions to a T. Will not waste time/money on this again."

mdolan20 User ID: 2239525 17610
Reviewed May. 9, 2011

"I made a few changes...I subbed 2 cans of mushrooms for the ham and used a can of whole white potatoes chopped for the potato, 4 cups of cheese and in place of the milk I used 2 pkgs of cream cheese and 1/2 cup milk beat together with the eggs (from another recipe). Also sauteed garlic with the was so good. I made it for mother's day brunch and came home with barely any leftovers! they couldn't stay out of it!"

sjanamacswan User ID: 3140283 9268
Reviewed Jan. 22, 2010

"A favorite in our family. Dice then microwave potatoes with water in covered dish for quick cooked potatoes."

annalisa_harmon User ID: 4521665 8329
Reviewed Jan. 22, 2010

"Its pretty good!"

Dioptase User ID: 1776920 3214
Reviewed Dec. 16, 2009

"I have changed this over the years but it is the most requested dish I have ever made. I add extra everyting but keep to the basic recipe. I cook all the time but everyone asks if I am making this and it's gone in 4 minutes at work Love it"

apackage User ID: 4551204 6375
Reviewed Dec. 8, 2009

"I am so glad I found this recipe! I am part of a moms' group and we take turns making breakfast. Everyone had a great casserole but me! This is perfect for a hungry crowd to go home happy. Love it!"

apackage User ID: 4551204 8767
Reviewed Nov. 8, 2009

"Made this for a birthday brunch. It was really, really good and everyone loved it. It baked in the time allotted and puffed up very nicely. I think I should have made the bacon more crisp so make sure you do that. I will make this many more times, I'm sure -- I think I'd like to try it with wheat bread, too. You could probably make a Mexican version pretty easily. Two thumbs up!"

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