Tuesday, October 23, 2012

In the Kitchen with Gram...Cheese Strada!

Raise your hand if you love breakfast food!! *Raises hand*

One of the reasons I think I love breakfast food is because my husband is the "breakfast dude" around our house...I can NOT make eggs like his. No matter how hard I try, I just can't. But what that translates to, is that he cooks! Yay!

Gram and I decided to do a "make ahead" breakfast dish...perfect for baptism day, holiday mornings, or when you're having overnight guests! Who doesn't love make ahead meals?!

First up, cube some bread and place in a 9x13 baking dish:

Now, dice up your peppers! We did all 4 colors for a little pizazz, but truth be told, you couldn't even see the yellow and orange...although they taste great! Sprinkle them over the bread.

And, dice up some onion...then sprinkle that over the peppers/bread.

Breakfast meat next...we used Johnsonville Brown Sugar and Honey sausage, but I think this would be PHENOMENAL with some Jimmy Dean HOT ground breakfast sausage.

Any breakfast meat will do, though! Bacon! Ham! Sausage links, patties, ground, anything goes! Or even a combo! And...sprinkle. Place. Plop. Whatever...just evenly distribute them over the bread/peppers/onions.

Grated cheese on top of the whole lot! Feel free to add more or less depending on your cheese preference (more for Gram, less for me).

Now, if you're feeling frustrated, here's where you can take our your aggressions...beat those eggs until they're all scrambled up!

Measure out your milk and pour it into your beaten eggs.

Add in salt...

And ground mustard.

And now pour the whole dang thing over the bread/meat/veggie/cheese layers. And pop 'er in the fridge to sit overnight.

In the morning, place that bad boy in the oven...bake as directed and...voila!

Breakfast is served!

Gram's Cheese Strata
Printable Recipe

6 slices white bread, cubed
1# grated Velveeta (or any cheese)
1# breakfast meat of your choice, cooked (bacon, ham, sausage, etc)
1 onion, diced
1 c. diced peppers (green, red, yellow, etc.)
8 eggs
4 c. milk
1tsp salt
1 tsp dry mustard

Butter 9x13 baking dish, place bread cubes evenly in dish. Layer on veggies, meat and cheese. Mix together remaining ingredients, making sure eggs are well beaten, and pour over layers in baking dish. Place in refrigerator overnight. When ready to bake, preheat oven to 350* and bake for one hour.



  1. Do you have to cook your meat(s) before you add them to everything else??


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