Mushroom Bacon & Cheddar Strata

Recipe by velorutionista
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READY IN: 1hr 5mins
SERVES: 8
UNITS: US

INGREDIENTS

Nutrition
  • 12
    ounces crusty bread, cut into 1-inch cubes (about 6 cups)
  • 2
    tablespoons butter
  • 2
    cups chopped onions
  • 1
    lb cremini mushroom, thickly sliced
  • 6
    ounces shredded cheddar cheese (the sharper the better)
  • 8
    slices bacon, cooked and roughly chopped
  • 3
    cups milk (plain flavored) or 3 cups soymilk (plain flavored)
  • 6
    eggs (or 1-1/2 c. egg substitute)
  • 2
    tablespoons chopped fresh thyme (or 2 tsp. dried thyme)
  • 12
    teaspoon black pepper
  • 14
    teaspoon salt (optional)
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DIRECTIONS

  • Arrange bread cubes on baking sheet in a single layer. Bake at 350 deg. F for 20 minutes, or till toasted. Place bread cubes in large bowl.
  • Melt butter in large skillet over medium high heat. Add mushrooms and onions; saute 10 minutes or till liquid evaporates and veggies are tender.
  • Toss onion mixture with bread cubes.
  • Combine remaining ingredients in bowl; whisk till well mixed.
  • To assemble the strata, arrange half the bread cube mixture in the bottom of a 9x13 baking dish. Sprinkle with half the cheese and bacon. Top with remaining bread, then the remaining cheese and bacon. Pour egg mixture over layers.
  • Cover strata tightly with tinfoil and refrigerate overnight.
  • Bake strata, still covered, at 350°F for 30 minutes. Remove cover and bake another 15 minutes, till top is nicely browned and eggs are set.
  • Let stand 10 minutes before serving.
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