Bacon Spinach Strata

Full of flavor, fast and filling, this make-ahead breakfast dish is pretty enough for any holiday brunch buffet. It disappears in minutes. And being able to prepare it the night before makes handling hectic mornings a snap!

Yield

12 servings

Ingredients

1 (8 ounce) package sliced mushrooms
1 bunch green onions, sliced
2 teaspoons canola oil
1 (1 pound) loaf day old bread, cut into 3/4-inch cubes
1 cup (4 ounces) shredded Swiss cheese
1 (1 pound) package sliced bacon, cooked and crumbled
2 cups (8 ounces) shredded cheddar cheese
1 (10 ounce) package frozen chopped spinach, thawed and squeezed dry
9 eggs
3 cups milk
1/2 teaspoon each onion powder, garlic powder and ground mustard
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon pepper

Directions

In a large skillet, sauté mushrooms and onions in oil until tender. Place half of the bread cubes and 1/2 cup Swiss cheese in a greased 13 x 9-inch baking dish. Layer with bacon, cheddar cheese, mushroom mixture, spinach and remaining Swiss cheese and bread cubes.

In a large bowl, combine the eggs, milk and seasonings. Pour over casserole. Cover and refrigerate overnight.

Remove from the refrigerator 30 minutes before baking. Preheat oven to 375°F (191°C). Bake, uncovered, for 45 to 55 minutes or until a knife inserted near the center comes out clean (cover loosely with foil if top browns too quickly). Let stand for 10 minutes before cutting.

Estimated Time

Preparation Time: 30 minutes
Chill Time: 8 hours
Bake Time: 45 minutes
Stand Time: 10 minutes

Nutritional Information

Amount per serving: Calories 382, Fat 22 g (Saturated Fat 10 g), Cholesterol 204 mg, Sodium 817 mg, Carbohydrate 25 g, Fiber 2 g, Protein 21 g.

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