Ingredients: 8 slices bacon
6 large eggs
1 1/2 cups/350 ml cream
Freshly ground pepper to taste
1 cup/115 g shredded Kerrygold Swiss cheese
10 slices stale white bread, cut in half diagonally
A strata — the word means “layers” — is a bread pudding casserole made with cubed bread, eggs, cheese, meat, or vegetables such as mushrooms, spinach, or asparagus. Perfect for brunch or a breakfast buffet, the best reason for making these puddings at home is that they’re assembled ahead of time by layering the ingredients in a casserole dish, refrigerating overnight, and baking the next day. The combination of meat, cheese, and vegetable is endless, and without the meat, a strata is perfect for vegetarians.
1. In a large skillet over medium heat, cook the bacon, turning frequently, for 7 to 9 minutes, or until lightly browned. Remove from the pan, let cool, and then finely chop. Set aside.
2. In a large bowl, whisk together the eggs, cream, and pepper. Stir in the cheese.
3. Spray a 13- by 9-inch/32- by 23-cm baking dish with nonstick cooking spray. Place the bread triangles into the bottom of the prepared dish, overlapping slightly to fit.
4. Pour the eggs mixture over the bread, pressing down with a spatula to be sure the bread absorbs the liquid. Sprinkle the bacon over the top. Cover with buttered aluminum foil and refrigerate overnight. Remove the casserole from the refrigerator 1 hour before baking.
5. Preheat the oven to 350°F/180°C. Bake the casserole, covered, for 30 minutes, and then uncover and bake for 30 to 35 minutes longer, or until the filling is set and the top is browned. Remove from the oven and let stand for 10 minutes before serving. Serves 6 to 8