Super Cheesy English Muffin-Canadian Bacon Strata
You call it brunch. I call it dinner, too.
After all, when you have a dish this cheesy wonderful, why relegate it to the one meal of the day when we’re barely awake without coffee?
This magnificent strata is from “Everyday Food: Fresh Flavor Fast” (Clarkson Potter) by the kitchens of Martha Stewart Living.
Take English muffin halves, layer them with slices of Canadian bacon, then soak the whole thing is a creamy, rich custard base full of sharp cheddar, Parmesan, a dab of Dijon mustard and a splash of Tabasco.
Then, bake in the oven until it’s all crispy, golden on top.
Sure, you can serve it in the morning with a cup of fresh berries or grapefruit half. Or do what I did — enjoy a gooey wedge for dinner with roasted spring asparagus spears and a simple green salad.
Unsalted butter, room temperature, for baking dish
4 English muffins, split, toasted, and cut into half- moons
1/2 pound Canadian bacon (about 10 slices), cut into half- moons
1 1/4 cups shredded sharp cheddar cheese (5 ounces)
1 cup finely shredded parmesan cheese (4 ounces)
8 large eggs
3 cups milk
4 1/2 teaspoons Dijon mustard
Coarse salt and freshly ground pepper
1/4 teaspoon hot- pepper sauce, such as Tabasco
Butter a shallow 2- quart baking dish. Arrange muffin halves and Canadian bacon cut sides down (see below) in dish. Sprinkle evenly with both cheeses.
Whisk together eggs, milk, mustard, ½ teaspoon salt, a pinch of pepper, and the hot- pepper sauce until combined. Pour into dish; cover tightly with plastic wrap. Refrigerate at least 2 hours (or up to overnight).
Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Place baking dish on a rimmed baking sheet. Bake until puffed and set in the center, about 1 ½ hours. (Tent loosely with aluminum foil if strata browns too quickly.) Let stand 10 minutes before cutting and serving.
Layering Ingredients: The muffin halves and Canadian bacon are arranged upright in the baking dish for easier serving. When cutting, you’ll be able to see the layers and make sure each portion contains a few pieces of bread and bacon.
From”Everyday Food: Fresh Flavor Fast” by Martha Stewart Living Omnimedia
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What a beautiful dish! I’ve never thought to layer english muffins in a strata- I imagine they would work perfectly.
This one is definitely a bookmarker! I’ve never thought to put English muffins in a strata like this before. But it makes sense! Thank you, Carolyn.
wow! I like the golden colour after the baking process, looked amazing, defitely will drain me in completely! full of goodness!
Breakfast for dinner – woohoo! A strata made with English muffins is so clever, I can never get enough of those nooks n crannies 🙂
Oh my, that’s so dangerous for my cholesterol! But so tempting. 😉
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I only have eyes for those thick sweet asparagus!
I am a big fan of stratas! This one sounds and looks very tempting and spring-like!
I love the looks of this one and cannot wait to check it out. I”ve always had a weakness for English muffins so that has my name on it.
Great dish! I think I’ll have to have another brunch…
I am always on the lookout for savory bkfst recipes for when company comes…or just for us. That looks incredible. Thanks for sharing it!
I bought the cookbook but haven’t even looked at it yet. This looks good so I’m hoping all the recipes compare!
What a creative way to use English muffins.
English muffin with Canadian bacon…did you say my name?…I’m first in the queue, please!
All the best,
so it’s not just cheesy, it’s SUPER cheesy. awesome. this is a breeze to put together and a pleasure to eat, no doubt!
thatssocreative!! looks yummi too!
That looks simple and delicious…creative way in using the muffins. I love that beautiful golden top. Thanks for sharing, Carolyn.
They call it brunch. You call it dinner. I call it midnight snack!!! Ahhh! What a creative way to use English muffins! I love them, and I’d adore them for sure in a strata! With bacon, too! (albeit the low-fat kind…hee)
WhoA! StraTA! I love how easy it seems to make this dish. All of that sudden, your maple syrup post is coming back to me again! Maybe I can drizzle some maple syrup over this cheesy bacon strata? ;p
yummy yum! your strata is mouth-watering!
Holy macaron that is one tempting looking breakfast, brunch, lunch or dinner! Mmm cheese, ham and muffins-who would ever say no to this? 😀
The golden brown baked cheesy top looks crazy good! Brunch, dinner, or lunch, it looks great with asparagus on the side.
I love English muffins.. home-made whenever I can. I’m gonna have to make a mini version of this since I am the only one who likes this sort of food. I think ramekin size would work 😉
Just having my #PBO breakfast-in-bed and while it’s not bad I’m now longing for strata. That brown cheesy crust looks amazing!
Oh my goodness this looks absolutely amazing…. Might work with some of the leftover Easter ham we have too!
8 (EIGHT) eggs!!!!!
Marvin: But it serves 6 people, so that’s less than two eggs per person. 🙂
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holy crap i most definitly love BACON!
I noticed that the recipe has one cup grated parmesan while Martha Stewart’s has 1/3 cup. Since you named yours “super cheesy” I think you meant to list your parmesan as one cup? If so, I think I will try the recipe first with one cup since some of other reviewers on the internet thought her recipe was a bit bland.
Hi Joan: It is indeed 1 cup of parmesan, which will add a big boost of flavor. Enjoy! 😉