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Monte Cristo Strata

  • Prep 15 min
  • Total 60 min
  • Servings 6

This cheesy and indulgent strata is inspired by the flavors of a Monte Cristo sandwich: ham, tangy mustard and Gruyere cheese. MORE + LESS -


loaf (20 oz) country white bread, crusts removed and thinly sliced
cup spicy brown mustard
oz sliced Black Forest ham
3 1/2
cups shredded Gruyère cheese (14 oz)
tablespoons chopped fresh sage leaves
cups milk
teaspoons ground pepper


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  • 1
    Heat oven to 375°F. Generously grease bottom and sides of 13x9-inch (3-quart) baking dish with shortening or cooking spray.
  • 2
    Place layer of bread slices in bottom of baking dish. Brush with 2 tablespoons of the mustard. Top with half of the ham slices, then sprinkle with 1 cup of the shredded cheese and 1 tablespoon of the sage. Repeat layers, reserving last 1 1/2 cups shredded cheese.
  • 3
    In large bowl, beat eggs with whisk, then add milk and ground pepper; beat to combine. Carefully and evenly pour egg mixture over layers in baking dish, making sure bread absorbs most of the liquid. Sprinkle with remaining cheese and 1 tablespoon fresh sage.
  • 4
    Cover dish with sheet of greased foil. Let stand 30 minutes before baking.
  • 5
    Bake about 35 minutes or until dish is baked through and bubbly. Remove foil, and bake 10 minutes longer or until cheese on top is lightly golden.
  • 6
    Let stand 10 minutes before serving.

Expert Tips

  • You can prep this dish ahead of time, then cover and let it chill in the fridge overnight before baking.
  • Pair this richly flavored savory dish with fruit or a sweet wine like Riesling or Gewurztraminer.
  • You can swap some or all of the Gruyère cheese with sharp white Cheddar, if desired.

Nutrition Information

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