MAKE-AHEAD BRUNCH BEEF STRATA

Holiday Brunch Beef Strata everyday version --
 
  • Total Recipe Time: about 1-1/2 hours
  • Makes 6 servings

INGREDIENTS

  1. 1-1/2 pounds Ground Beef
  2. 1 teaspoon salt, divided
  3. 1/2 teaspoon pepper, divided
  4. 1 tablespoon olive oil
  5. 4 ounces button mushrooms, sliced
  6. 1 cup chopped onion
  7. 1 teaspoon dried thyme leaves
  8. 2 cups milk
  9. 5 large eggs
  10. Nonstick cooking spray
  11. 8 cups crustless bread cubes (3/4-inch)
  12. 2 cups shredded Asiago or fontina cheese
  13. 1 cup cherry or grape tomatoes, cut in half
  14. Thinly sliced fresh basil

INSTRUCTIONS FOR MAKE-AHEAD BRUNCH BEEF STRATA

  1. Heat large nonstick skillet over medium heat until hot. Add Ground Beef; cook 8 to 10 minutes, breaking into 3/4-inch crumbles and stirring occasionally. Remove from skillet with slotted spoon; season with 1/2 teaspoon salt and 1/4 teaspoon pepper. Set aside. Pour off drippings from skillet.
  2. 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.
  3. Whisk milk, eggs, remaining 1/2 teaspoon salt and 1/4 teaspoon pepper in large bowl until blended.
  4. 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.
  5. Preheat 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.
  • Test Kitchen Tips
  • Cooking times are for fresh or thoroughly thawed Ground Beef. Ground Beef should be cooked to an internal temperature of 160°F. Color is not a reliable indicator of Ground Beef doneness.
  • To bake strata immediately, heat oven to 350°F. Assemble strata in dish as directed. Bake, covered, 40 minutes. Uncover; bake 10 to 15 minutes or until lightly browned.
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