Rating: 3.49 stars
324 Ratings
  • 5 star values: 65
  • 4 star values: 102
  • 3 star values: 98
  • 2 star values: 44
  • 1 star values: 15

This savory breakfast pudding looks a little like a pizza when it comes out of the oven. It can be prepared the night before through step 2 and baked the next morning.

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Ingredients

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Directions

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  • Butter a 2-quart shallow baking dish (oval or square); set aside. In dish, alternately arrange, cut side down, muffin halves and Canadian bacon. Sprinkle with cheddar and Parmesan cheeses. Set aside.

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  • In a large bowl, whisk together eggs, milk, mustard, 1/2 teaspoon salt, a pinch of pepper, and hot sauce until combined. Pour over muffins and bacon; cover tightly with plastic wrap. Refrigerate at least 2 hours and up to overnight.

  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Place baking dish on a rimmed baking sheet; remove plastic wrap. Bake until puffed and set in the center (see note below), about 1 hour and 30 minutes. (Tent loosely with foil if strata starts to brown too quickly.) Let stand 10 minutes before cutting and serving.

Cook's Notes

Let the strata chill 2 hours, and it will be nice and moist. If you leave it overnight in the refrigerator, it will be even more custardy.

To test for doneness, pierce center of strata with a sharp knife; it should feel firm and the knife should come out clean.

The muffin halves and Canadian bacon are arranged upright in the baking dish for easier serving. When cutting, you'll be able to see the layers and make sure each portion contains a few pieces of bread and bacon.

Reviews (23)

324 Ratings
  • 5 star values: 65
  • 4 star values: 102
  • 3 star values: 98
  • 2 star values: 44
  • 1 star values: 15
Rating: 5 stars
12/30/2018
I have made this recipe several times as we have chickens and it is a great way to use a lot of eggs. This recipe is a family favorite! I sub chicken or turkey for pork and it is still absolutely delicious!
Rating: 1 stars
08/11/2018
I don’t understand the recipe - sounds like french toast. Did not make because it sounds rather dreadful
Rating: 4 stars
04/28/2018
Just cut up French or Kaiser rolls if you don't have English muffins. They will be good if not better. Add bacon, Prosciutto or sausage to make this a delicious dinner. Serve with a nice tossed salad. You could even pour heated packaged fondue over this for a really delicious tweak.
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Rating: 5 stars
09/18/2014
Super easy & delicious!
Rating: Unrated
10/14/2013
Great recipe! First time making a strata. I doubled it and put in one less glass of milk. Perfection. Big brunch it was a bit hit
Rating: 5 stars
11/29/2012
This is delicious, easy, and very beautiful. Thank you!
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Rating: Unrated
06/30/2011
great dish--raves all around
Rating: Unrated
04/24/2011
My family loves this strata--I've made it numerous times!
Rating: Unrated
02/02/2011
I'm not an egg person, but this is DELICIOUS! My kids couldn't wait to try it because it smelled so good while cooking! This was an easy recipe and can be made in advance. I can't wait to make this again! Another wonderful recipe from Martha!
Rating: Unrated
01/01/2011
I prepared this super-easy dish the night before and it turned out fabulous! It is easy to substitute different types of bread, and cheese. It looked just like the picture! I would like to add veggies - possibly spinach, or asparagus next time.
Rating: Unrated
02/08/2010
best strata EVER!!
Rating: Unrated
01/27/2009
I made this delicious dish for my mom on Mother's Day and it was such a hit that I'm asked to make it again and again.
Rating: Unrated
12/26/2008
I made this Christmas Eve to serve for breakfast Christmas morning. Unfortunately, it wasn't a hit with my family. It was very bland and the texture is odd. Something is definitely missing from this recipe. Although this dish was easy to make, I will not be making it again.
Rating: Unrated
12/26/2008
I made this Christmas Eve to serve for breakfast Christmas morning. Unfortunately, it wasn't a hit with my family. It was very bland and the texture is odd. Something is definitely missing from this recipe. Although this dish was easy to make, I will not be making it again.
Rating: Unrated
10/27/2008
This was excellent! I quartered the muffins and ham to more evenly distribute them. I would also like to try this with Swiss cheese instead of the cheddar and parm.
Rating: Unrated
10/15/2008
This was pretty but the taste wasn't there. I used extra chedder cheese, more tabasco, and let it soak over night. I think the parmasean and tabasco didn't belong. I wouldn't make it again. If you do, test it first before you serve it for a special ocassion!
Rating: Unrated
06/12/2008
I purchased a 16oz bag of sharp grated cheddar and used the whole thing for that. I also ended up using 6 english muffins and only 5 oz of canadian bacon (they were really thinly sliced circles!). I added a lot more pepper and tabasco sauce and let it soak overnight. Make sure that you have the racks set up well above the dish: the casserole rises a LOT and then sinks as it cools. It was a huge success. I've dubbed it my "Egg McMuffin casserole."
Rating: Unrated
04/15/2008
I made this last Sunday for my daughter's 2nd birthday brunch and was sadly, very disappointed! It was quite bland and uninteresting :-( I also made a baked french toast, which everybody raved about. I didn't get any comments on this one and had lots of leftovers! :-(
Rating: Unrated
03/15/2008
Oops! I got cut off! I made this on a Sunday night and then baked it early the next morning to take to work. My co-workers raved about it. It's such an easy, basic recipe; I think you could really personalize it by trying different cheeses such as Gruyere or Swiss, or adding red/green bell pepper, asparagus, or even pineapple tidbits for the truly adventurous! I like mollyandfinnsmama's suggestions too. You could even substitute fresh crab meat for the Canadian bacon.
Rating: Unrated
03/15/2008
I made this one Sunday night
Rating: Unrated
11/27/2007
I served this Thanksgiving morning and my family loved it. It's the perfect recipe for a holiday morning because it can be made the night before and baked in the morning . I'm definitely going to serve this on Christmas morning, perhaps with a few additions like onion, spinach, or sausage.
Rating: Unrated
11/24/2007
Such a big hit at my brunch! It was super-easy to make and the leftovers reheated nicely in the microwave or toaster oven.
Rating: Unrated
11/18/2007
This recipe was even more delicious -- and easier -- than I expected. It serves 6 generously. To round out a brunch menu, serve it with a crusty, warm bread and fresh salad.