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Monte Cristo Strata

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Monte Cristo Strata
  • Prep 15 min
  • Total 60 min
  • Servings 6
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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 Sep 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.

Tips from the Betty Crocker Kitchens

  • tip 1
    You can prep this dish ahead of time, then cover and let it chill in the fridge overnight before baking.
  • tip 2
    Pair this richly flavored savory dish with fruit or a sweet wine like Riesling or Gewurztraminer.
  • tip 3
    You can swap some or all of the Gruyère cheese with sharp white Cheddar, if desired.

Nutrition

730 Calories, 35g Total Fat, 50g Protein, 55g Total Carbohydrate, 13g Sugars

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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