What is a cheese strata? Well, I found and adapted this recipe in the classic American Century Bookbook, so I'll let the terrifically talented author Jean Anderson describe it for you: "buttered slices of bread layered into a casserole with grated cheddar and topped with beaten eggs and milk." Need I say more?

Sunday Brunch: Cheese Strata

About This Recipe


  • 6 slices firm-textured white bread
  • 1/4 cup (1/2 stick) salted butter
  • 3 cups coarsely shredded sharp cheddar cheese
  • 3 eggs
  • 2 1/2 cups milk
  • 1 teaspoon prepared mustard
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground hot red pepper (cayenne)


  1. 1

    Preheat oven to 325 degrees.

  2. 2

    Spread each slice of bread with butter on one side, then quarter the slices. Layer bread and cheese alternately in ungreased 2-to 2 1/2 quart casserole, beginning with bread and ending with cheese.

  3. 3

    Whisk together eggs, milk, mustard, salt, and cayenne and pour evenly over bread mixture.

  4. 4

    Bake uncovered, until set like custard-40 to 45 minutes.


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