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Bacon Spinach Strata

Total Time

Prep: 30 min. + chilling Bake: 45 min. + standing

Makes

12 servings

Full of flavor, fast and filling, this make-ahead breakfast dish is pretty enough for any holiday brunch buffet. It disappears in minutes. And being able to prepare it the night before makes handling hectic mornings a snap! —Kris Kebisek, Brookfield, Wisconsin

Ingredients

  • 1 package (8 ounces) sliced mushrooms
  • 1 bunch green onions, sliced
  • 2 teaspoons canola oil
  • 1 loaf (1 pound) day old bread, cut into 3/4-inch cubes
  • 1 cup shredded Swiss cheese
  • 1 package (1 pound) sliced bacon, cooked and crumbled
  • 2 cups shredded cheddar cheese
  • 1 package (10 ounces) frozen chopped spinach, thawed and squeezed dry
  • 9 large eggs
  • 3 cups whole milk
  • 1/2 teaspoon each onion powder, garlic powder and ground mustard
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon pepper

Directions

  1. In a large skillet, saute mushrooms and onions in oil until tender. Place half of the bread cubes and 1/2 cup Swiss cheese in a greased 13x9-in. baking dish. Layer with bacon, cheddar cheese, mushroom mixture, spinach and remaining Swiss cheese and bread cubes.
  2. In a large bowl, combine the eggs, milk and seasonings. Pour over casserole. Cover and refrigerate overnight.
  3. Remove from the refrigerator 30 minutes before baking. Bake, uncovered, at 375° for 45-55 minutes or until a knife inserted in the center comes out clean (cover loosely with foil if top browns too quickly). Let stand for 10 minutes before cutting.

Nutrition Facts

1 piece: 382 calories, 22g fat (10g saturated fat), 204mg cholesterol, 817mg sodium, 25g carbohydrate (6g sugars, 2g fiber), 21g protein.

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