Ham and Cheese Strata is a great leftover ham recipe – perfect for using up that leftover ham on Easter Sunday. Tasty and filling, it can feed the entire family.
It’s a simple cheese strata, a layered dish of bread and cheese, with an egg mixture to bind it together. The addition of leftover ham adds protein and more texture to the eggs and cheese. Besides the leftover ham, this recipe can also use up some of those leftover dinner rolls, too.
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The only trick is you have to let it rest overnight before baking. So while you’re cleaning up from the big dinner, just pull out a casserole dish and put this together. You’d have to refrigerate that leftover ham anyway, and now you’ll be able to pull out Monday dinner!
Leftover Ham Recipe
This recipe came from a Schmidt family cookbook. Dwaine’s mother, Wilma submitted it and I snagged it from there. It’s got all the ingredients you would always find in her fridge – cheese, eggs, milk, some leftover bread and then whatever meat might work. Sausage, ground beef, bacon – you can use any protein you want and it will taste great. Perhaps adjust the spices a bit. Here we use just a little salt because the ham and cheese are already pretty salty. If you use something else, you may want to boost that up a bit.
If you like this recipe, you may enjoy another of Wilma’s favorites Wilma’s Scalloped Potatoes with Ham. Go ahead and take a look – it will open a new tab.
Ham and Cheese Strata
- 6 cups Stale Bread, cubed Or 3-4 leftover dinner rolls
- 2 cups Cooked ham, diced
- 2 cups Mild Cheddar Cheese, shredded or whatever you have on hand!
- 5 lg Eggs
- 1 1/2 cups Milk
- 1/2 tsp Dry Mustard
- 1/4 tsp Salt
- 2 tbsp Butter, melted
- 1 cup Bread Crumbs
- Grease a 9X13″ baking pan or 8 cup casserole dish
- Place half the bread into the bottom of the dish
- Add the ham over the bread and sprinkle the cheese over the top.
- Whisk together the eggs, milk, mustard and salt. Pour over the other ingredients. Press lightly to ensure the bread soaks up the liquid.
- Cover and refrigerate overnight.
- Preheat oven to 375F
- Combine the bread crumbs and melted butter and sprinkle over the casserole.
- Bake for 40 to 45 minutes until the dish is set and a knife comes out clean.
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