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Ham and Cheese Strata

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This ham and cheese strata contains layers of ham, cheese and mushrooms with bread, eggs and milk for a fabulous weekend or special occasion breakfast.
5 from 2 votes
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 1 hour 15 minutes
This ham and cheese strata contains layers of ham, cheese and mushrooms with bread, eggs and milk for a fabulous weekend or special occasion breakfast. https://www.lanascooking.com/ham-and-cheese-strata/

This ham and cheese strata contains layers of ham, cheese, and mushrooms with bread, eggs, and milk for a fabulous weekend or special occasion breakfast.

We all have recipes in our files that we fall back on time and time again, don’t we? The ones that we know will always come out perfect and everyone requests over and over again. This Ham and Cheese Strata is one of my old reliables.

This ham and cheese strata contains layers of ham, cheese and mushrooms with bread, eggs and milk for a fabulous weekend or special occasion breakfast. https://www.lanascooking.com/ham-and-cheese-strata/

This strata is essentially a breakfast casserole, but it’s so much more. I could, without much effort, even think of this as a savory bread pudding. Its layers of bread, cheese, ham, and mushrooms combine with the eggs and milk overnight into a glorious dish best enjoyed on a lazy weekend morning.

It’s also the perfect centerpiece for a brunch. Everything, including the strata, can be prepared the night before providing you a delicious breakfast or brunch with very little to do in the morning.

Serve the strata with some mixed fresh fruit, buttery croissants, and nice, strong coffee alongside. Take it all out on the deck with some friends or just your sweetheart and the Sunday paper and simply relax. This old reliable recipe is good for any time of the year and often makes an appearance in our home on Christmas morning.

How to Make Ham and Cheese Strata

Slices of bread with crusts removed on a cutting board.

Trim the crusts from five slices of bread, reserving crusts. Cut in half diagonally. Set aside.

Buttered baking dish.

Generously butter a 9-inch square baking dish.

Layering ingredients in the prepared baking pan.

Tear the remaining three slices of bread into pieces and place them in the baking dish along with the reserved crusts. Over the bread, layer the cheese, ham, mushrooms, and parsley. To make the recipe really easy, I use packaged grated cheese, an 8-ounce package of chopped baked ham and canned mushrooms. If you want to hand grate the cheese, cook up some ham and use fresh mushrooms please do so! However, I’ve found that the difference in taste is minuscule.

Bread triangles on top of strata.

Arrange the bread triangles in two rows over the layers.

Eggs and milk mixture in a bowl.

Combine the remaining ingredients and mix well. Pour the mixture evenly over the bread. Try to make sure that each bread triangle gets nicely saturated with milk. Cover the baking dish and chill for at least 8 hours, preferably overnight.

Bake at 325 degrees for 60 to 75 minutes or until a knife inserted in the center comes out clean.

Strata after baking.

Let stand for 5 minutes before serving.

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This ham and cheese strata contains layers of ham, cheese and mushrooms with bread, eggs and milk for a fabulous weekend or special occasion breakfast. https://www.lanascooking.com/ham-and-cheese-strata/

Ham and Cheese Strata

This ham and cheese strata contains layers of ham, cheese and mushrooms with bread, eggs and milk for a fabulous weekend or special occasion breakfast.
5 from 2 votes
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Course: Breakfast
Cuisine: American
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 1 hour 15 minutes
Total Time: 1 hour 30 minutes
Servings: 6 servings
Calories: 384kcal
Author: Lana Stuart

Ingredients

  • 8 slices sandwich bread
  • 2 cups sharp cheddar cheese grated
  • 8 ounces baked ham chopped
  • 4 ounces canned sliced mushrooms drained
  • ¼ cup chopped parsley or 2 tablespoons dried
  • 2 ¼ cups milk
  • 4 eggs slightly beaten
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • ¼ teaspoon dry mustard
  • teaspoon paprika
  • Dash of pepper

Instructions

  • Trim the crusts from five slices of bread, reserving crusts. Cut in half diagonally. Set aside.
  • Generously butter a 9-inch square baking dish. Tear the remaining three slices of bread into pieces and place them in the baking dish along with the reserved crusts.
  • Over the bread, layer the cheese, ham, mushrooms and parsley. Arrange the bread triangles in two rows over the layers.
  • Combine the remaining ingredients and mix well. Pour evenly over the bread. Cover and chill at least 8 hours, preferably overnight.
  • Bake at 325 degrees for 60 to 75 minutes or until a knife inserted in the center comes out clean.
  • Let stand for 5 minutes before serving.

Notes

Nutrition Information

Serving: 1 | Calories: 384kcal | Carbohydrates: 23g | Protein: 26g | Fat: 21g | Saturated Fat: 11g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 178mg | Sodium: 1441mg | Potassium: 276mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 8g | Vitamin A: 898IU | Vitamin C: 3mg | Calcium: 484mg | Iron: 3mg

Nutrition information is calculated by software based on the ingredients in each recipe. It is an estimate only and is provided for informational purposes. You should consult your health care provider or a registered dietitian if precise nutrition calculations are needed for health reasons.

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  1. Not only do I love your polka dotted casserole dish, I love your first photo too. That is one hearty, photogenic strata! Looking forward to the weekend so I can give it a whirl :)

  2. This sounds so good. Whenever I have people over on the weekends, I’m always looking for a good brunch dish. This sounds perfect!

  3. I once saw a recipe for a bread and butter pudding but with ham and cheese – this was many years ago and I lost the recipe. Am sure glad I found this – it looks better and I’ll make sure not to lose it this time!

  4. This looks like it should make an appearance on my Christmas morning too. The sliced bread on top makes it look so pretty!

  5. breakfast pies, stratas, quiche … a lot of good egg dishes I am seeing, makes me hungry seeing all these – love the bread on top… toasty addition to what I am used to making

  6. This is the perfect dish to serve during holidays with the leftover ham and bread from dinner. Such a great idea and a lot of good things wrapped up in this strata. Luv this…saving to recipe file. Wish I had a pan of this right now!

    1. Cristina – That’s a great idea. Use your leftover ham and bread as the basis for this strata! The recipe is very versatile, too. If you don’t want mushrooms, leave them out. Broccoli might make an interesting addition. Just be sure to keep the cheese!

  7. Breakfast strata (I think of it as “anytime” strata) is one of the best and most useful dishes to have in one’s repertoire. And you’ve created a delicious looking one here. Well done, Lana!

    1. Thank you, Barbara. This particular strata is one of our family’s all-time favorites. Just as good for a spring brunch as on a cold winter morning.

  8. Putting it on the list. I think Jayden is really going to enjoy this! He’s big on breakfast casseroles and is a major cheese maniac.

    The oven dish is so cute! Love the little white dots.

    1. I hope the J-man enjoys this breakfast strata. He’d probably enjoy helping you do the layering of the ingredients, too.

  9. Exactly what I have been looking for! Something new, different, and delicious for breakfast! Or lunch! Or dinner! Wow, love this!

    1. Suzanne – Hope you enjoy this recipe. It’s so easy to put it together on a Friday or Saturday night and just pop it in the oven the next morning.

  10. Yummy and simple. This will be our breakfast day after Thanksgiving. That’s pretty much the only day I “make” breakfast but I make a huge one, this will be the highlight. Thanks!

    1. I think you’ll really like it, Teri. Plus it’s easy to do! Just make it up the night before, leave it in the fridge and bake it the next morning.

  11. Looks like you’ve taken one of my least favorite breakfast dishes and made it wonderful!!! So often this is blah, bland and bleech. Yours looks incredible. So, I may actually try it again… BTW – I wrote the post today on your chicken salad just don’t know when it’ll be published. It was amazing!!!!!!! Thanks :-) Kate

  12. I’ve never made one of these! Might make a smaller one the next time my Ma comes over for breakfast! Lovin’ your polka dot baking dish:@)