6 servings

A strata is always a good option for a make-ahead meal since you assemble it in advance.

How to Make It

Step 1

Melt butter in a large nonstick skillet over medium-high heat. Add onion, and sauté 4 minutes. Reduce heat; cook 10 minutes or until golden brown, stirring occasionally. Add bell pepper; cook for 1 minute. Remove from heat; stir in bacon.

Step 2

Arrange 3 cups bread in an 11 x 7-inch baking dish coated with cooking spray; top with half of onion mixture. Repeat layer with remaining bread and onion mixture.

Step 3

Combine milk and next 5 ingredients (milk through eggs) in a medium bowl; stir well with a whisk. Pour egg mixture over bread mixture, and top with the cheese. Cover and refrigerate at least 8 hours or overnight.

Step 4

Preheat oven to 375°.

Step 5

Let the casserole stand 30 minutes at room temperature. Uncover and bake at 375° for 40 minutes or until golden brown. Let stand 5 minutes before serving.

Ratings & Reviews

EllenDeller's Review

September 12, 2011
I'd give this a five except I think it's my changes that bumped it up there. First, I substituted sharp cheddar for swiss and added 1/4 cup chopped fresh basil, 1/2 cup sliced mushrooms, and gold as well as red peppers. Big flavor boosters that made this dish really delicious. Made 2/3 of the recipe and baked in 8x8 inch pan. Husband ate two servings, I had one, and I'll have the last one for breakfast. We ate this for dinner with steamed broccoli and some sauteed asparagus with lemon and garlic.

NutsinNormal's Review

September 11, 2009
I made this recipe a few nights ago for the first time-- it was delicious! Flavorful, comforting, and satisfying. I made it in accordance with the recipe, substituting soy milk and cheese for the dairy. Assembled it first thing in the morning, had it in the oven by 6:00 and on the table by 7:00. It wasn't completely cooked in the center, so we ate around the edges (it made plenty), and then finished cooking the center the next evening in the microwave. Made excellent left-overs! Served with marinated tomato salad. Would be a fantastic brunch dish!