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Farmer’s Strata

For an inexpensive and easy-to-prepare dish, try this hearty casserole. You can assemble it ahead and bake it just before leaving for a potluck. People go back for seconds since it includes tasty basic ingredients like bacon, cheese and potatoes. —Pat Kuether, Westminster, Colorado
  • Total Time
    Prep: 25 min. + chilling Bake: 65 min.
  • Makes
    16 servings


  • 1 pound sliced bacon, cut into 1/2-inch pieces
  • 2 cups chopped fully cooked ham
  • 1 small onion, chopped
  • 10 slices white bread, cubed
  • 1 cup cubed cooked potatoes
  • 3 cups shredded cheddar cheese
  • 8 large eggs
  • 3 cups whole milk
  • 1 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce
  • 1 teaspoon ground mustard
  • Dash salt and pepper


  • In a large skillet, cook bacon over medium heat until crisp; add ham and onion. Cook and stir until onion is tender; drain.
  • In a greased 13x9-in. baking dish, layer half the bread cubes, potatoes and cheese. Top with all of the bacon mixture. Repeat layers of bread, potatoes and cheese.
  • In a large bowl, beat the eggs; add the milk, Worcestershire sauce, mustard, salt and pepper. Pour over all. Cover and chill overnight.
  • Preheat oven to 325°. Remove from refrigerator 30 minutes before baking. Bake, uncovered, until a knife inserted in the center comes out clean, 65-70 minutes.
Nutrition Facts
1 piece: 276 calories, 17g fat (8g saturated fat), 152mg cholesterol, 659mg sodium, 14g carbohydrate (3g sugars, 1g fiber), 17g protein.

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  • Catbird513
    Dec 24, 2020

    This dish was a huge hit! I made it twice. The second time I used some pepper jack cheese and threw in some chopped green peppers. Delicious!

  • I_Fortuna
    Jan 12, 2017

    I think this is best with stale or oven baked bread slices so that it is the consistency of croutons. Good cheese is a must. Monterey Jack melts well or Guyere and Longhorn is good too. I love this recipe and as long as it is seasoned properly it is a star. More than a dash of salt and pepper are needed for the flavors to be enhanced. : )

  • WonkyGirl
    Aug 1, 2016

    No comment left

  • JGa2595176
    Apr 6, 2016

    Solid recipe, tasty and easy to prepare. Would make again, although, next time would jazz it up a bit more with more spices and perhaps a meat with more heat (chorizo, spicy bulk sausage, etc.) Family all enjoyed as written though.

  • Bonito
    Jul 11, 2015

    OMG this was a huge success at our church brunch - had to give out the recipe 4 times.

  • rena 55
    Jun 19, 2015

    Strata's are so easy and fun to make. This is a great recipe with all the good stuff to make it hardy and tasty. You can change up the meats, leave out the potatoes or make it just as listed.

  • gaylene2
    Dec 5, 2014

    You've got to plan ahead for this one, but it's worth the effort. It's a good way to use left over ham or bacon We use it for special occasions..

  • Unaka
    Oct 10, 2014

    I prepared this delicious dish the night before and baked it before leaving for school. l will certainly make this one again. The crowd loved it.

  • 217 3439168
    Sep 24, 2014

    I have been making this for years after seeing it in the Taste of Home magazine. It is one of the best breakfast casseroles I have ever eaten!

  • menana41
    Sep 24, 2014

    in ONE WORD : YUMMY (My grand child's word)