Caramelized Onion and Canadian Bacon Strata

Yield: 6 servings
Source: Cooking Light, JANUARY 2001
CL Comments: A strata is always a good option for a make-ahead meal since you assemble it in advance.
Amy's Comments: I made this for holiday guests. It was easy to make and great because you can do it the night before. Very tasty and with a nice bowl of fresh fruit was the perfect Sunday breakfast!

INGREDIENTS:

1 teaspoon butter
1 1/2 cups vertically sliced onion
1 1/3 cups finely chopped red bell pepper
3/4 cup chopped Canadian bacon
6 cups (1-inch) cubed sourdough bread (about 12 ounces)
Cooking spray
2 cups 1% low-fat milk
1 1/2 tablespoons spicy brown mustard
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
4 large egg whites
2 large eggs
1 cup (4 ounces) shredded Swiss cheese

INSTRUCTIONS:

  1. Melt butter in a large nonstick skillet over medium-high heat. Add onion, and sauté 4 minutes. Reduce heat; cook 10 minutes or until golden brown, stirring occasionally. Add bell pepper; cook for 1 minute. Remove from heat; stir in bacon.
  2. Arrange 3 cups bread in an 11 x 7-inch baking dish coated with cooking spray; top with half of onion mixture. Repeat layer with remaining bread and onion mixture.
  3. Combine milk and next 5 ingredients (milk through eggs) in a medium bowl; stir well with a whisk. Pour egg mixture over bread mixture, and top with the cheese. Cover and refrigerate at least 8 hours or overnight.
  4. Preheat oven to 375°.
  5. Let the casserole stand 30 minutes at room temperature. Uncover and bake at 375° for 40 minutes or until golden brown. Let stand 5 minutes before serving.

NUTRITIONAL INFO:

Healthy Units: 7 per serving
CALORIES 340(30% from fat); FAT 11.5g (sat 5.7g,mono 3.7g,poly 1.1g); PROTEIN 21.8g; CHOLESTEROL 105mg; CALCIUM 358mg; SODIUM 926mg; FIBER 2g; IRON 2.4mg; CARBOHYDRATE 37g

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