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Bacon & Cheddar Strata

I prepare this sunrise specialty the day before Christmas so we have something cheesy and hearty to warm our tummies while we open gifts the next morning. The key to its perfection is to let it set overnight.—Deb Healey, Cold Lake, Alberta
  • Total Time
    Prep: 20 min. + chilling Bake: 45 min.
  • Makes
    10 servings


  • 1 pound bacon strips
  • 1 medium sweet red pepper, finely chopped
  • 8 green onions, thinly sliced
  • 1/2 cup chopped oil-packed sun-dried tomatoes
  • 8 slices white bread, cubed
  • 2 cups shredded cheddar cheese
  • 6 large eggs, lightly beaten
  • 1-1/2 cups 2% milk
  • 1/4 cup mayonnaise
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground mustard
  • 1/8 teaspoon pepper


  • In a large skillet, cook bacon in batches until crisp; drain on paper towels. Crumble into a small bowl. Add red pepper, onions and tomatoes. In a greased 13x9-in. baking dish, layer half each of the bread, bacon mixture and cheese. Top with remaining bread and bacon mixture.
  • In another bowl, combine eggs, milk, mayonnaise and seasonings. Pour over top. Sprinkle with remaining cheese. Cover and refrigerate overnight.
  • Remove from the refrigerator 30 minutes before baking. Preheat oven to 350°. Bake, covered, 40 minutes. Uncover and bake 5-10 minutes or until a knife inserted in the center comes out clean. Let stand 5 minutes before cutting.
Nutrition Facts
1 piece: 340 calories, 23g fat (10g saturated fat), 168mg cholesterol, 736mg sodium, 16g carbohydrate (4g sugars, 1g fiber), 17g protein.

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  • AENesko
    Apr 28, 2013

    This was so good! I would absolutely make this again. I followed the suggestion of another reviewer and used 8 eggs. Also, after uncovering, I did have to bake it for 15 - 20 minutes instead of the 5 - 10 it called for.

  • blhirasc
    Mar 7, 2013

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  • NevadaRose
    Feb 23, 2013

    Very nice - took it into work and brought home an empty pan.

  • f00d3
    Dec 27, 2012

    I fixed this for breakfast the morning after Christmas. Granddaughter said it was "amazing"! I used 8 eggs as others suggested and added 1/2 pound of sausage to the bacon. Will be making again!

  • tptaylor13
    Nov 3, 2012

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  • scrapo
    Jul 15, 2012

    Very good! Although I think either I should have cooked it at 375 degrees covered or maybe 1 hr covered and then 5 - 10 uncovered, the middle wasn't done. (so we just ate around the middle, saved that for re-heating leftovers.) Also used 8 eggs and 1% millk.

  • Tinaschwab
    Mar 11, 2012

    I knew my bacon lovin' family would love this. I was right. I substituted some slightly stale Italian bread. Something a little chewy. It was delicious!

  • ilka896
    Mar 9, 2012

    Very delicious. Sucks you have to leave it overnight because it just looks and smells so delicious you can't wait to eat it.

  • PhylB
    Mar 7, 2012

    Made this for a Breakfast at work, everyone loved it.Easy to make. I used Skim (Fat Free) Milk in place of 2%. Couldn't tell the difference

  • gwashington1961
    Mar 2, 2012

    A truly wonderful recipe for a hearty morning meal that doesn't require you to get up at the crack of dawn. Make it the night before, let it sit covered in the refrigerator overnight. Pop it in the oven before making the morning coffee. Yum!