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Monte Cristo Strata

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.
By Stephanie Wise
Created September 17, 2014

Ingredients

  • 1 loaf (20 oz) country white bread, crusts removed and thinly sliced
  • 1/4 cup spicy brown mustard
  • 14 oz sliced Black Forest ham
  • 3 1/2 cups shredded Gruyère cheese (14 oz)
  • 3 tablespoons chopped fresh sage leaves
  • 4 eggs
  • 3 cups milk
  • 2 teaspoons ground pepper

Steps

  • 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.

  • 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 Facts

Serving Size: 1 Serving
Calories
730
Calories from Fat
310
Total Fat
35g
53%
Saturated Fat
17g
85%
Trans Fat
1/2g
Cholesterol
240mg
81%
Sodium
1940mg
81%
Potassium
600mg
17%
Total Carbohydrate
55g
18%
Dietary Fiber
3g
13%
Sugars
13g
Protein
50g
% Daily Value*:
Vitamin A
20%
20%
Vitamin C
0%
0%
Calcium
100%
100%
Iron
30%
30%
Exchanges:
3 1/2 Starch; 0 Fruit; 0 Other Carbohydrate; 0 Skim Milk; 0 Low-Fat Milk; 0 Milk; 0 Vegetable; 3 Very Lean Meat; 0 Lean Meat; 2 1/2 High-Fat Meat; 2 1/2 Fat;
Carbohydrate Choice
3 1/2
*Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.
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