A strata is a layered bread and egg casserole, usually served as a brunch. This version is studded with diced tomato and crumbled bacon. Prepare it before you go to bed so that the eggs can soak into the bread, then bake it in the morning for a no-fuss brunch.

Yield: Serves 8.



  • 8 cups French bread cubes
  • 2 cups shredded cheddar cheese
  • 6 slices bacon, cooked and crumbled
  • 1 1/2 cups diced tomatoes
  • 1/2 cup sliced green onions
  • 6 large eggs
  • 2 cups milk (2%)
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1/2 tsp freshly ground pepper
  • 1/2 tsp basil, crumbled
  • 1/4 tsp thyme, crumbled


  1. Place half of bread cubes in a greased shallow 3 quart casserole dish. Sprinkle with half each of cheese, bacon, tomatoes and onions. Repeat layers with remaining bread, cheese, bacon, tomatoes and onions.
  2. Whisk together eggs, milk, salt, pepper, basil and thyme. Pour mixture evenly over casserole. Cover and refrigerate overnight.
  3. Remove from refrigerator and let stand for 20 - 30 minutes. Meanwhile, preheat oven to 350°F.
  4. Bake, uncovered, until a knife inserted in centre comes out clean, about 55 - 60 minutes. Let stand 5 minutes before serving.
Nutritional analysis per serving:

323 calories,17.5 g fat, 17.9 g protein, 23 g carbohydrate, 1.6 g fibre, 625 mg sodium