Ham and Cheese Strata

This dish is so attractive and great-tasting that you'll love to make it for special brunches and showers. Because it's made the night before, you can relax in the morning before the guests arrive.

Yield

12 to 16 servings

Ingredients

15 slices white bread
3 cups (12 ounces) process cheese (Velveeta), shredded
2 tablespoons dried minced onion
3 cups frozen chopped broccoli, cooked and drained
2 cups diced fully cooked ham
6 eggs, lightly beaten
3 1/3 cups milk
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon ground mustard
paprika

Directions

Grease a 13 x 9-inch baking pan. Using a doughnut cutter, cut 15 circles and holes from the bread; set aside.

Tear leftover bread into small pieces and place in the prepared baking dish. Sprinkle cheese and onion over bread. Layer with broccoli and ham. Arrange bread circles and holes over ham.

In a large bowl, combine the eggs, milk, salt and mustard; pour over bread. Cover and chill 8 hours or overnight.

Remove from refrigerator 30 minutes before baking. Preheat oven to 325°F (163°C).

Bake, uncovered, for 50 minutes; sprinkle with paprika. Bake an additional 10 minutes or until golden brown. Let stand 5 minutes before cutting.

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