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Holiday Brunch Beef Strata

Holiday Brunch Beef Strata

Ingredients

1-1/2

pounds ground beef

1/2

teaspoon salt

1/4

teaspoon pepper

1

tablespoon olive oil

4

ounces button mushrooms, sliced

1

cup chopped onion

1

teaspoon dried thyme leaves, crushed

2

cups milk

5

large eggs

1/2

teaspoon salt

1/4

teaspoon pepper

8

cups crustless bread cubes (3/4-inch)

2

cups shredded Asiago or fontina cheese

1

cup cherry or grape tomatoes, cut in half

 

Thinly sliced fresh basil

 

Instructions

Brown ground beef in large nonstick skillet over medium heat 8 to 10 minutes or until beef is not pink, breaking up into 3/4-inch crumbles. Remove from skillet with slotted spoon; season with 1/2 teaspoon salt and 1/4 teaspoon pepper. Set aside. Pour off drippings from skillet.

Heat oil in same skillet over medium heat until hot. Add mushrooms and onion; cook 3 to 4 minutes or until vegetables are tender, stirring frequently. Return beef to skillet. Add thyme; cook 3 to 5 minutes or until heated through, stirring frequently. Remove from heat. Set aside.

Whisk milk, eggs, 1/2 teaspoon salt and 1/4 teaspoon pepper in large bowl until blended.

Spray 2-1/2 to 3-quart shallow baking dish with nonstick cooking spray. Layer half of the bread cubes, 1/2 cup of the cheese and half of the beef mixture in dish. Pour half of the egg mixture over the top. Top with remaining bread cubes, 1/2 cup of the cheese and remaining beef and egg mixtures. Sprinkle with remaining 1 cup cheese. Press any dry bread cubes into egg mixture. Cover with aluminum foil; refrigerate 6 hours or as long as overnight.

Heat oven to 350°F. Bake strata, covered, 55 minutes. Remove foil. Bake, uncovered, 10 to 15 minutes or until puffed and lightly browned. Let stand 5 minutes. Top with tomatoes and basil, as desired.

Makes 6 servings

Nutritional Information

604 calories; 35 g fat (14 g saturated fat; 10 g monounsaturated fat); 285 mg cholesterol; 1205 mg sodium; 30 g carbohydrate; 2.7 g fiber; 41 g protein; 7.6 mg niacin; 0.5 mg vitamin B6; 3.0 mcg vitamin B12; 5.2 mg iron; 41.7 mcg selenium; 6.4 mg zinc.

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