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Cheddar, Ham and Spinach Strata

All You APRIL 2008

  • Yield: 8 Servings
  • Cook time:1 Hour
  • Prep time:20 Minutes
  • Chill:6 Hours
  • Cost Per Serving:$1.95


  • 3 tablespoons unsalted butter, plus more for greasing pan
  • 1 onion, finely chopped
  • 1 10-oz. package frozen spinach, thawed, squeezed dry and chopped
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons salt
  • 6 ounces ham, chopped
  • 12 ounces grated low-fat Cheddar (3 cups)
  • 1 large Italian or French bread (about 1 lb.), cut into 1/2-inch-thick slices
  • 10 large eggs
  • 1 tablespoon Dijon mustard
  • 3 cups half-and-half


Melt butter in a large skillet over medium heat. Add onion and cook until softened, about 3 minutes. Stir in spinach and 1/2 tsp. salt and heat through. Stir in ham; let cool.

Set aside 1 cup cheese, cover and refrigerate. Butter a 9-by-13-inch baking dish. Cover bottom with a layer of bread. Cover bread with half of spinach mixture, then half of remaining cheese. Repeat with remaining bread, spinach and cheese.

Whisk together eggs, mustard, remaining salt and half-and-half in a bowl. Pour over strata. Press down with a spatula. Cover and refrigerate at least 6 hours or overnight.

Uncover strata and bring to room temperature. Preheat oven to 350°F. Sprinkle with reserved cheese and bake until set in center, 50 to 60 minutes. Let stand 5 minutes, cut into squares and serve.

Nutritional Information

Amount per serving
  • Calories: 516
  • Fat: 27g
  • Saturated fat: 14g
  • Protein: 31g
  • Carbohydrate: 38g
  • Fiber: 3g
  • Cholesterol: 331mg
  • Sodium: 416mg

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