Holiday16: Cheesy Ham & Mushroom Strata

  • Chef: Anne Colvin
  • Ready in: 1 hour, 15 minutes
  • Serves: 5 or more
  • Complexity: medium
Holiday16: Cheesy Ham & Mushroom Strata


  • 2 Tbs. butter
  • 1 1/2 cups mushrooms, diced
  • 1/2 cup onions, diced
  • 1 Tbs. fresh sage, chopped
  • 1 1/2 tsp. fresh thyme, divided
  • 1/4 cup dry white wine
  • Olive oil
  • 1/2 cup ham, diced
  • 4 cups French bread, cubed
  • 8 eggs
  • 1 1/2 cups milk
  • 1/4 tsp. hot sauce
  • 2 tsp. ground mustard
  • 1/2 tsp. black pepper
  • 3/4 cup shredded Swiss cheese
  • 1/4 cup shredded cheddar cheese


Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Heat a large skillet over medium high heat. Add onions to the pan and sauté for 5 minutes, stirring frequently. Stir in mushrooms, sage, 1 tsp. thyme leaves, and salt and pepper. Carefully pour in the wine and sauté for an additional 8-10 minutes, stirring often until liquid in the pan has reduced and is almost completely evaporated. Remove from heat. Lightly grease a small baking dish with olive oil. Layer the cubed bread evenly in the dish. Follow by sprinkling the mushroom mixture, ham, and remaining thyme leaves evenly over the top of the bread. In a large bowl, whisk together eggs, milk, hot sauce, mustard, remaining thyme leaves, and pepper. Pour evenly over the top of the ingredients in the baking dish. Sprinkle cheeses over the top and drizzle lightly with olive oil. Cover and bake for 40 minutes. After 40 minutes, uncover and continue baking for 10 to 15 minutes or until egg mixture is set and not liquidy. Serve warm.

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