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Chili & Cheese Ham Strata

Don’t you just love it when you find a holiday recipe that can be folded into the everyday repertoire? This strata, layered with sourdough, cheddar and savory ham, is egg-cellent for Easter but just as wonderful for any other brunch! —Theresa Kreyche, Tustin, California
  • Total Time
    Prep: 20 min. + chilling Bake: 40 min.
  • Makes
    8 servings

Ingredients

  • 6 slices sourdough bread (1 inch thick)
  • 1/4 cup butter, softened
  • 2-1/2 cups shredded cheddar cheese, divided
  • 1 cup cubed fully cooked ham
  • 1 can (4 ounces) chopped green chilies
  • 1/4 cup finely chopped onion
  • 2 tablespoons minced fresh cilantro
  • 5 large eggs
  • 1-1/2 cups 2% milk
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground mustard

Directions

  • Remove and discard crust from bread if desired. Butter bread; cube and place in a greased 13x9-in. baking dish. Sprinkle with 1-3/4 cups cheese, ham, chilies, onion and cilantro.
  • Whisk the eggs, milk, salt, cumin and mustard in a large bowl. Pour over bread mixture; cover and refrigerate overnight.
  • Remove from the refrigerator 30 minutes before baking. Bake, covered, at 350° for 30 minutes. Uncover; sprinkle with remaining cheese. Bake 10-15 minutes longer or until a knife inserted in the center comes out clean. Let stand for 5 minutes before cutting.
Nutrition Facts
1 piece: 364 calories, 23g fat (14g saturated fat), 203mg cholesterol, 968mg sodium, 19g carbohydrate (3g sugars, 1g fiber), 21g protein.

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