Here is an old-school 1950’s recipe passed down from my grandmother for holiday strata. It’s easy to do the night before and bake in the oven the day of. It’s perfect for a busy morning.  This recipe is like coming home and reminds me of my mom, gone 17 years, but not forgotten. All of that history, love, and heart exists in this recipe for me.

If you’re looking for other family favorites, I love this corn soufflé and onion soufflé.

strata in made in pan


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strata in made in pan


  • Author: nocrumbsleft
  • Prep Time: 5 min (plus overnight marinating)
  • Cook Time: 1 hr
  • Total Time: 1 hr 5 min
  • Yield: 5-6 servings
  • Category: Dinner
  • Method: Oven


This holiday morning strata is a great family recipe. I love enjoying this Christmas morning!


  • 6 slices of bread, white and soft
  • 1/4 cup butter, softened
  • 21/2 cups sharp cheddar cheese, grated
  • 3 eggs, beaten
  • 21/2 cups milk
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 4 tsp dry mustard


Cut off the crusts of the bread slices, butter both sides, then cut into quarters.  Lay the cut bread in one layer in a medium-sized baking dish.

Beat the eggs, milk, dry mustard, and salt together. Then stir in the cheddar cheese. Pour over the bread in the pan. Cover and refrigerate overnight.

When you are ready to bake, remove pan from refrigerator and preheat oven to 325 F.

Bake until golden brown, approximately 75 minutes. Check it after 1 hour to ensure it is not getting too brown. If needed, cover with foil until it is fully cooked. Remove from oven and serve warm.


This recipe can be varied in so many ways. You can add sausage, bacon, ham or any vegetables you like!

It’s not required, but for an even bake, take this out of the fridge and allow it to reach room temperature for 30 minutes before putting it in the oven. 

Keywords: strata, holiday recipe