Prep 20 mins
Cook 30 mins
Since the whole family gathers at Mimi's for Christmas Eve and morning, this strata, from Mulberry Inn & Gardens (B&B) has become the favorite. It bakes nicely while presents are being opened. Remove from frig. when you get up to turn on the tree lights and flip the coffee pot on, about 30 minutes before baking.*** While the original recipe lists American cheese, we replace that with sliced cheddar for more flavor.
- 16 slices white bread, crust removed
- 16 slices deli ham, thin
- 8 slices American cheese
- 8 slices swiss cheese
- 3 cups milk
- 6 eggs, slightly beaten
- 1⁄2 teaspoon dry mustard
- 1⁄2 teaspoon onion salt
- 2 cups corn flakes, crushed
- 1⁄4 cup butter, melted
- In a 13x9" casserole, layer in the following order:.
- 8 bread slices.
- 8 ham slices.
- 8 American cheese slices.
- 8 bread slices.
- 8 ham slices.
- 8 Swiss cheese slices.
- Mix eggs, milk, and seasonings.
- Pour over layers.
- Combine crushed Corn Flakes and butter.
- Sprinkle over top.
- Refrigerate, covered, overnight.
- Bake at 375 degrees F. for 30-35 minutes, uncovered, or until puffed.
- Serve immediately.
- Preparation time does not include overnight refrigeration.
This was good and surprisingly BOTH of my DSs ate it. I liked that it went together well and while we were waking up and playing it was cooking up and I didn't have to make it. I think next time I will sub a mild cheddar for the American cheese since we usually don't eat the American. Made for AUS/NZ Recipe Swap #58.
This is starting at 4 stars, but may go up to 5 the next time I make it. I tried to rush this recipe, which I knew wouldn't give optimum results.... but, it did have yummy results. My kids were fascinated with the use of corn flakes on top! The flavors all mix well- and the use of American cheese and Swiss (instead of all Swiss) results in a dish that is not too strong for the kids to like- but strong enough for the adults to like. I will use honey-ham next time, for a little sweetness would compliment the Swiss cheese.
We have had a very hot and dry spell here in Australia this year, and after weeks of salad and cold meals, I thought.... Maybe something warm for breakfast before the day gets hot.<br/>How does the saying go.... "The best laid plans of mice and men often go astray."<br/>I started making this later at night, as it got cooler after a long hot day........ The next morning was so hot from very early in the morning, I knew everyone would just scoff at the thought of this for breakfast!!!<br/>I thought that this was over, and even thought about freezing!!!<br/>...BUT later in the day we had a long awaited very cool change, and so like magic this appeared from of the fridge after about 22 hours for a long awaited warm dinner................... AND what can I say, it filled every need and taste of this family....... this was just wonderful!<br/>Even for dinner we appreciated this so much, after weeks of salad etc.<br/>I made this as written although as suggested I used cheddar cheese rather than American cheese. I think it might have been the cheddar I used that may have made this recipe just a little salty..... Well I found it just a little salty, but the rest of the family found it perfect, and gobbled this down.....Although I do have one complaint about it all, the salad I made to serve with it................. ENDED up in the compost.... I wonder why....lol<br/>Thanks NurseJaney, this will be on the breakfast menu during the sinter time for sure! ;-)