Cheddar, Bacon, and Tomato Strata

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Nutritional Information

Calories 316
Caloriesfromfat 28 %
Fat 9.8 g
Satfat 4.8 g
Monofat 3.3 g
Polyfat 0.8 g
Protein 19.6 g
Carbohydrate 37 g
Fiber 2.3 g
Cholesterol 106 mg
Iron 1.9 mg
Sodium 670 mg
Calcium 356 mg


3 bacon slices
1 cup vertically sliced onion
2 garlic cloves, minced
8 cups cubed Italian bread (14 ounces)
Cooking spray
2 cups (8 ounces) shredded reduced-fat sharp cheddar cheese, divided
3 large tomatoes, each seeded and cut into 4 (1/2-inch-thick) slices
2 cups fat-free milk
1/4 cup thinly sliced fresh basil
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon dried thyme
1/4 teaspoon black pepper
3 large eggs
3 large egg whites


Cook bacon in a large nonstick skillet over medium heat until crisp. Remove bacon from pan, and crumble. Add onion to drippings in pan; sauté 4 minutes. Add garlic, and sauté 1 minute. Remove from heat; combine onion mixture and bacon.

Arrange 4 cups bread cubes in bottom of a 13 x 9-inch baking dish coated with cooking spray; top with 2/3 cup cheese, half of onion mixture, and 6 tomato slices. Combine milk and remaining ingredients; stir well with a whisk. Pour half of milk mixture over tomatoes. Top with 4 cups bread cubes, 2/3 cup cheese, remaining onion mixture, 6 tomato slices, and half of milk mixture. Cover; chill at least 1 hour or up to 24 hours.

Preheat oven to 325°.

Bake, uncovered, at 325° for 55 minutes. Sprinkle with 2/3 cup cheese; bake an additional 5 minutes or until cheese melts. Let stand 5 minutes before serving.

October 1999
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