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I used to have zero willpower when I passed the magazine stands at the grocery store.  All of those beautiful covers, calling out to me.  But in the last year, I’ve become a lot more, well – stringent – with my budget.  And I’ve learned to close my eyes when I am checking out.

But a little while back, one called out to me.  I actually saw this issue of Family Circle and flipped through the pages, drawn in by the “40+ Pages of Great Fall Meals” headline.  I actually was a good girl and put the magazine back that first time.  But the next time I went to the grocery store, I actually had the magazine on my grocery list!!

Broccoli, Cheddar and Ham Strata | www.tasteandtellblog.com

I will totally admit that I am a comfort food addict.  And I’m all over a good casserole.  I think that’s why this issue really called out to me.  I can’t wait to try out lots of the recipes!  But first up was this Broccoli, Ham & Cheddar Strata.  I was still trying to use up our Christmas ham (hello – I can’t believe how many meals we’ve had from 1 ham!)  This recipe seemed perfect.  And do you remember the bread I posted about on Tuesday?  This is the reason I made it.  And it was perfect for it.

This casserole was everything I was looking for.  Comforting, filling and full of flavor.  It does make a massive amount of food, but luckily the leftovers were great as well!

Broccoli, Cheddar & Ham Strata
from Family Circle November 1, 2010

serves 8

total time:  1 hour

1 tablespoon olive oil
1 medium onion, diced
1 pound frozen, chopped broccoli, thawed
1 14-ounce loaf Italian bread, cut into cubes
1/2 pound ham, chopped
6 large eggs
1 1/2 cups milk
2 tablespoons chives
1 tablespoon Dijon mustard
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon black pepper
1 1/2 cups shredded cheddar

Heat oven to 375°. Coat a 2-quart oval baking dish with nonstick spray.

Heat oil in a large nonstick skillet over medium heat. Add onion and cook 5 minutes. Add broccoli and cook another 3 minutes.

Place bread cubes in a large bowl. Stir in broccoli-onion mixture and the ham.

In a medium bowl, whisk together the eggs, milk, chives, mustard, salt and pepper. Pour over bread mixture, stirring to mix. Transfer to prepared dish, and top evenly with cheese.

Bake at 375° for 40 to 45 minutes, or until strata registers 160° on an instant-read thermometer.


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9 Responses to Broccoli, Cheddar and Ham Strata

  1. Megan says:

    I love that the magazine mae it to your shopping list. Sometimes I'll pass up an impulse buy to see if I it sticks in my mind. If it sticks, I go back. Then it's not an impulse! 🙂
    Now I want breakfast for dinner.
    Thumbs up!

  2. Joanne says:

    I need to wear one of those eye masks whenever I go to the supermarket for fear that I'll try to purchase every food magazine in sight! This one sounds like a winner though. Nothing like a good strata if you want my opinion!

  3. Rosa's Yummy Yums says:

    Very scrummy! Stratas are so versatile and great when you need to get rid of leftovers…



  4. Jennifurla says:

    I love a good caserole, feeds me all week. Do you think those food magazines are getting pricier? I swear they cost like 7 dollars a mag now!

    This looks great

  5. Monet says:

    There is something about ham and broccoli that always makes me smile. I love casseroles too, and these are some of my favorite ingredients to put in them. I have also been trying to avoid those magazines. They are SO TEMPTING! Thanks for sharing, sweet friend! Have a terrific Thursday.

  6. Georgia (The Comfort of Cooking) says:

    Strata is one of my favorite breakfast comfort foods, but I've only ever made sweet versions. I MUST give this a try next time I'm in the mood for something savory. Thanks for sharing this wonderful recipe, Deborah.

  7. SnoWhite says:

    That looks really great! I do browse those magazines at the grocery check out — but have yet to purchase one 🙂 They do spark my creativity.

  8. Ann says:

    This strata looks soo delicious. I love a hearty breakfast for dinner.

  9. kat says:

    That looks like the kind of comfort food we like too!

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