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Rating: 5/5
10 reviews

ready in: over 5 hrs
serves/makes:   8

recipe id: 9597

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Basic Strata Base

12 slices bread, cubed
1 pound cheddar cheese, shredded (or half Swiss Cheese)
4 cups milk
8 eggs, beaten
1 teaspoon dry mustard
2 teaspoons minced onion
cayenne pepper, to taste
salt and pepper, to taste
3 tablespoons butter


Basic Strata Base: In buttered 9x13-inch pan, spread bread, then cheese. Beat milk, eggs, dry mustard, onion and seasonings. Pour over cheese. Dot with butter, refrigerate overnight Bake one hour at 350 degrees F.


Chicken Strata: Reduce basic strata recipe to 4 eggs and 3 c milk. Add: 2 c diced cooked chicken; 0.25 c finely chopped pimiento; 0.5 c finely chopped celery; 1 (10-oz.) can cream of chicken soup; 0.5 c mayonnaise.

Spinach or Broccoli Strata: Add to basic strata: 2 (10 oz.) pkg. frozen chopped spinach OR 1 (10 oz.) pkg. chopped broccoli, cooked and well-drained; 8 oz mushroom, sliced and sauteed.

Sausage Strata: Add to basic strata: 1.5 lb sausage, cooked and crumbled; 8 oz mushrooms, sauteed with 1 tb butter and 0.5 c chopped green bell pepper.

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REVIEW: 5 star recipe rating
I made a veggie w/broccoli,spinach,red and yellow diced sweet peppers put in deeper pan and cooked for about 1 hour 30 mins. Also made and all meat w/sausage,bacon & Keilbasa. Everyone loved it at work. Will make again and again.

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Mar 12, 2002

REVIEW: 5 star recipe rating
I made the sausage version. And I may have snuck some bacon in there too. Yummy!

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REVIEW: 4 star recipe rating
I didn't care for the chicken version of this strata recipe but I really liked the sausage one. I think the mayo and cream soup threw me off with the other. Will definitely make this again and might try the broccoli version.

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REVIEW: 5 star recipe rating
This is a man's brunch casserole!!! I made this today for our church brunch. I can't tell you how many men came up to compliment this casserole. Now I made several and this was the men's favorite! I made the sausage variation. I think us gals liked it too but it is not exactly waistline friendly. I have to admit it was really yummy and is worth the little cheat on my diet! :)

Made it just as recipe written and came out perfectly!

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Jun 1, 2009

REVIEW: 5 star recipe rating
I was never terribly fond of strata, having had it at a hospital where I worked. It was too mushy. This was GREAT! I mixed ALL the wet ingredients together and ladeled it on top of the cubed bread. I poked down the cubes that stuck up. I made 1/2 the recipe and filled 4 individual "boats." I used my GE Advantium oven. It only took 30 minutes! My husband and I enjoyed it, as well as my guests this morning! I will make it again! Putting it in the boats in this oven cut the bake time substantially!

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REVIEW: 5 star recipe rating
I love this recipe. I've used it for Christmas morning, and many brunches. It is versatile and being able to adjust the quantities is great. I've done a greek version with red & green peppers (sweet), onions and feta cheese, and bbq veg version.

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REVIEW: 5 star recipe rating
I made the spinach version, and added 1/2 a medium onion to the sauteed veggies. Very yummy. I'll make it again.

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Dec 17, 2006

REVIEW: 4 star recipe rating
I made the chicken version for friends and family for Xmas breakfast. It was a big hit!

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REVIEW: 5 star recipe rating
I took the sausage version of this to my morning Bible Study group and had 4 requests for the recipe! Excellent, and very easy.

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Sep 22, 2005

REVIEW: 5 star recipe rating
I picked this recipe for a bridesmaids luncheon. It was easy to prepare, beautiful when cooked, and delicious. I have now used it for luncheons for over 40 people and everytime it people want the recipe. The ham sauce is excellent over the strata but a little salty and the strata is delicious on it's ouw. I have also served it with fresh red salsa and green salsa. Wonderful!

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