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Smoked Mozzarella, Bacon, and Tomato Strata

Yield 10 servings
This savory bread pudding needs to stand overnight. Bake it while you get ready for work in the morning. For less smoky flavor, use regular mozzarella cheese or cheddar.

Ingredients

  • 3 1/2 cups 1% low-fat milk
  • 1 1/4 cups part-skim ricotta cheese (such as Sargento)
  • 1/3 cup chopped fresh cilantro
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 5 large eggs
  • 1 1/2 cups diced plum tomato
  • 1 1/2 cups fresh or frozen corn kernels
  • 1 1/4 cups thinly sliced green onions, divided
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground coriander
  • 1 (16-ounce) loaf multigrain bread, cubed, divided
  • Cooking spray
  • 1 cup (4 ounces) shredded smoked mozzarella cheese, divided
  • 4 slices bacon, cooked and chopped, divided

Nutrition Information

  • calories 309
  • caloriesfromfat 26 %
  • fat 9 g
  • satfat 4.5 g
  • monofat 2.7 g
  • polyfat 0.7 g
  • protein 17.5 g
  • carbohydrate 41.5 g
  • fiber 2.3 g
  • cholesterol 130 mg
  • iron 2.4 mg
  • sodium 778 mg
  • calcium 254 mg

How to Make It

  1. Combine first 7 ingredients; stir with a whisk until well blended.

  2. Combine tomato, corn, 1 cup green onions, and coriander.

  3. Arrange half of bread cubes in bottom of a 13 x 9-inch baking dish coated with cooking spray. Sprinkle evenly with half of tomato mixture, 1/2 cup cheese, and half of bacon. Pour half of milk mixture over top. Repeat procedure with remaining bread, tomato mixture, and milk mixture. Sprinkle with remaining 1/2 cup cheese, remaining half of bacon, and 1/4 cup green onions. Cover and refrigerate 8 hours or overnight.

  4. Preheat oven to 350°.

  5. Uncover strata. Bake at 350° for 50 minutes or until set.