Ellie’s Sunday Strata

  • Yield: 12 servings
  • Prep: 5 mins
  • Cook: 38 mins

Feel free to leave out the meat for a vegetarian version.


Cheese sauce:
2tablespoons butter
2 1/2tablespoons all-purpose flour
2cups 2% reduced-fat milk
1/2teaspoon salt
1/8teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
1cup shredded American cheese
-- Vegetable oil or nonstick cooking spray
3tablespoons butter
1cup diced lean ham or Canadian bacon
1/4cup chopped green onions
12-- eggs, beaten
1/4pound sliced mushrooms
1/4cup melted butter
2 1/4cups 1-inch bread cubes
-- Paprika-optional


  1. To prepare the cheese sauce, melt butter in a heavy saucepan over low heat. Blend in flour and cook 1 minute, whisking constantly. Gradually add milk; cook over medium heat until thickened, stirring constantly. Add salt, pepper and cheese, stirring until mixture is smooth.
  2. For the strata, oil a 13-by-9-inch glass baking dish or coat it with cooking spray. Melt 3 tablespoons butter in a large skillet. Add ham and green onions and sauté until ham is lightly browned and onions are tender. Add eggs and cook over medium-high heat, stirring to form large soft curds. When eggs are set, stir in mushrooms and cheese sauce.
  3. Spoon egg mixture into baking dish. Combine melted butter and bread cubes, mixing well; spread evenly over egg mixture. Sprinkle lightly with paprika. Cover and refrigerate overnight.
  4. The Next Day: Preheat oven to 350F and remove dish from refrigerator.
  5. Bake strata, uncovered, about 30 minutes, until thoroughly heated and lightly browned on top.

Recipe reprinted with permission from Carol Gordon’s Sleep On It (Hyperion, 2006).

Nutritional Info *per serving

  • Calories 230
  • Glycemic Load 2
  • Fat 16g
  • Saturated Fat 8g
  • Polyunsaturated Fat 1.5g
  • Monounsaturated Fat 5g
  • Cholesterol 225mg
  • Sodium 440mg
  • Potassium 230mg
  • Carbohydrate 8g
  • Fiber 0g
  • Sugars 3g
  • Protein 15g
  • Trans Fat 0g
  • Vitamin A 10%
  • Vitamin C 2%
  • Calcium 15%
  • Iron 8%