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Make-Ahead Ham and Cheese Strata Recipe

This dish is so attractive and great-tasting that I love to make it for special brunches and showers. Because it's made the night before, I can relax in the morning before the guests arrive.
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 20 min. + chilling Bake: 1 hour YIELD:12-16 servings


  • 15 slices white bread
  • 3 cups (12 ounces) process cheese (Velveeta), shredded
  • 2 tablespoons dried minced onion
  • 1 package (10 ounces) frozen chopped broccoli, cooked and drained
  • 2 cups diced fully cooked ham
  • 6 eggs, lightly beaten
  • 3-1/3 cups milk
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground mustard
  • Paprika


  • 1. Using a doughnut cutter, cut 15 circles and holes from the bread; set aside. Tear leftover bread into small pieces and place in a greased 13-in. x 9-in. baking dish. Sprinkle cheese and onion over bread. Layer with broccoli and ham. Arrange bread circles and holes over ham. Combine eggs, milk, salt and mustard; pour over all. Cover and chill 8 hours or overnight. Remove from refrigerator 30 minutes before baking. Bake, uncovered, at 325° for 50 minutes; sprinkle with paprika. Bake an additional 10 minutes or until golden brown. Let stand 5 minutes before cutting. Yield: 12-16 servings.

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