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Cheddar Bacon Strata is a savory bread pudding/cake made with just 5 ingredients. Eggs, Bacon, cheese, bread and milk are what you need to make this delicious and gorgeous Strata. The Strata can be made a day ahead of time too! Click over for the complete recipe and easy instructions.

Cheddar Bacon Strata Bread Cake

Cheddar Bacon Strata with eggs, bacon, cheese and seasonings is a savory bread pudding perfect for anytime you need to feed a crowd.

Cheddar Bacon Strata is a savory bread pudding/cake made with just 5 simple ingredients. Eggs, Bacon, cheese, bread and milk are what you need to make this delicious and gorgeous Strata. The Strata can be made a day ahead of time too! Click over for the complete recipe and easy instructions.

If you’re a regular reader, you know that I love to be thrifty with food, but still like it to have a gourmet touch. A Strata makes a beautiful presentation on your table or buffet, and your guests might think it is store bought!  Strata’s are a super way to use up leftover bread and milk. Just add eggs and bacon or sausage and you have made a dish for any meal of the day.

One of my best strategies for feeding guests is to make food ahead of time, as much as possible. That frees up your time to set a gorgeous table or do last minute preparations.  Strata’s can be made a day ahead and reheated in the oven just before serving.

Cheddar Bacon Strata is a savory bread pudding/cake made with just 5 ingredients. Eggs, Bacon, cheese, bread and milk are what you need to make this delicious and gorgeous Strata. The Strata can be made a day ahead of time too! Click over for the complete recipe and easy instructions.

Ingredients needed to make Cheddar Bacon Strata

  • Bread
  • Eggs
  • Milk
  • Cheddar Cheese
  • Bacon
Cheddar Bacon Strata is a savory bread pudding/cake made with just 5 ingredients. Eggs, Bacon, cheese, bread and milk are what you need to make this delicious and gorgeous Strata. The Strata can be made a day ahead of time too! Click over for the complete recipe and easy instructions.

Strata tastes like a cross between a quiche, fritatta and bacon and eggs. The center does not have the custard texture of quiche, but it is still very moist on the inside, but not soggy.  Broiling at the end results in a little bit of delicious crisp on the cheese and the bread on the outer rim making a “crust”.

Cheddar Bacon Strata is a savory bread pudding/cake made with just 5 simple ingredients. Eggs, Bacon, cheese, bread and milk are what you need to make this delicious and gorgeous Strata. The Strata can be made a day ahead of time too! Click over for the complete recipe and easy instructions.

Can Bacon Cheddar Strata be made ahead?

Sure can. This recipe is great for making ahead. It can be prepped and stored covered and unbaked in the refrigerator for up to 1 day. A baked strata can keep in the refrigerator for up to 3 days.

How to freeze Cheddar and Bacon Strata

Strata can be baked and frozen for later. To freeze: after baking, allow to cool completely. Freeze for 1 hour in pan. Remove from pan and wrap whole strata or individual pieces in foil, then wrap in plastic. Label and freeze for up to 2 months. Thaw before re-heating.

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Cheddar and Bacon Strata Bread Cake

Cheddar Bacon Strata is a savory bread pudding or cake made with just 5 simple ingredients. It's perfect anytime you need to feed a crowd.
Course Bread, Breakfast
Cuisine American
Prep Time 40 minutes
Cook Time 35 minutes
Total Time 1 hour 15 minutes
Servings 12 servings
Calories 511kcal

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INGREDIENTS

  • 1 loaf loaf Italian
  • 7 large eggs
  • 1-1/2 cups milk, 2% or whole
  • 2 cups shredded cheddar cheese
  • 12 oz bacon, divided
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1/4 tsp pepper
  • 1 tbsp dried parsley, optional

INSTRUCTIONS

  • Preheat the oven to 350°F. Spray a 9-inch springform pan with cooking spray. Set the pan on a baking sheet.
  • Dice bacon into 1 inch pieces. Place bacon in a large skillet , reserving 2 tablespoons of raw diced bacon for later. Fry the remaining bacon in the skillet over medium-high heat until crisp; drain on paper towel.
  • Cut bread into 1-inch cubes, transfer to a large mixing bowl.
  • Add the cooked bacon and 1-1/2 cups of the cheese to the mixing bowl with the bread.
  • In a medium bowl, whisk the milk and eggs until blended. Add the salt and pepper. Pour the mixture evenly over the bread, bacon and cheese. Using a spatula, fold the bread mixture over until most of the egg mixture is absorbed. Cover and refrigerate for at least 30 minutes to allow the bread to absorb all the egg mixture.
  • Pour the bread mixture into the prepared pan, then top with remaining 1/2 cup of cheddar cheese and raw bacon.
  • Cover the pan loosely with foil and bake for 30 minutes, until firm in the center when pushed.
  • Turn the oven broiler to High and broil until the cheese is melted and the bacon is crisp.
  • Remove from the oven and let cool for at least 10 minutes before removing outer ring of the pan.
  • Serve warm.

NOTES

1. Cubed bread will measure about 7 cups.
2.Substitute any other favorite melting cheese for the cheddar, like Gouda, Monterey Jack or Swiss.

NUTRITION INFORMATION PER SERVING

Nutrition Facts
Cheddar and Bacon Strata Bread Cake
Amount Per Serving (1 slice)
Calories 511 Calories from Fat 342
% Daily Value*
Fat 38g58%
Saturated Fat 18g113%
Cholesterol 163mg54%
Sodium 628mg27%
Potassium 240mg7%
Carbohydrates 26g9%
Fiber 2g8%
Sugar 15g17%
Protein 17g34%
Vitamin A 394IU8%
Vitamin C 1mg1%
Calcium 169mg17%
Iron 2mg11%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

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Cheddar Bacon Strata is a savory bread pudding/cake made with just 5 simple ingredients. Eggs, Bacon, cheese, bread and milk are what you need to make this delicious and gorgeous Strata. The Strata can be made a day ahead of time too! Click over for the complete recipe and easy instructions.

If you made this recipe, please leave a comment and rating. I would appreciate the chance to troubleshoot any issues you might have had before you leave the rating!

5 Comments

  1. Looks delicious, Christine–pinned for later. #OMHGWW

  2. Christine, this looks delicious! Thanks for sharing at Snickerdoodle Sunday. I’ll be featuring your Cheddar Bacon Strata at tomorrow’s party. I can’t wait to try this!

  3. Christine this looks amazing, I have never tried a strata but love a good quiche. Thank you for sharing on the #OMHGWW this week and for Co-Hosting with us this month!!

    I have Pinned and shared today!
    Hope you have a great week!
    Karren

  4. This looks Fabulous! I would love for you to share at the Sunday Fitness & Food Link-Up at: http://www.marathonsandmotivation.com Pinned & Tweeted 🙂

  5. Hi Christina, this looks amazing, I have never made a starta is it similar to a quiche ? Pinned and shared!!

    Thanks for sharing on #SmallVictoriesSundayLinkup this week.

    Look forward to having this post as a feature on #OHGWW this week!

    Hoe you have a beautiful week!
    Karren

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