Sunday, March 23, 2008

Recipe: Monte Cristo Strata

I made this for Easter brunch. I made a few changes from the original recipe to lower the Points value! Very yummy! And perfect for those mornings when you'd rather listen to the Red Sox play in Japan than prepare breakfast.

Monte Cristo Strata

Serves: 12
6 WW Points according to Recipe Builder
Prep time: 15 minutes (plus overnight)
Cooking time: 40-45 minutes
Level of difficulty: Easy


  • 8 eggs
  • 2 cups fat-free skim milk
  • 6 shakes Tobasco sauce
  • 1 tsp dry mustard
  • 1 loaf reduced-calorie bread
  • 8 oz deli-sliced turkey
  • 8 oz sliced ham, lean
  • 3 cups lite swiss cheese, shredded


Spray a 9x13 inch pan with vegetable oil spray. In a large bowl, whisk eggs, milk, Tobasco and mustard until blended.

Arrange as much of the bread as you can in a single layer in the prepared pan. Top, in layers, with the turkey, ham and half the cheese. Top with the remaining bread, and pour on the egg mixture, tilting the pan to make sure the bread is coated. Sprinkle with remaining cheese. Cover and refrigerate overnight.

Let the strata sit at room temperature while you preheat the oven to 350 F. Bake until puffed and golden, 40 to 45 minutes. Let rest 5 minutes.

Source: Adapted from “Perfect Party Food” by Diane Phillips (via Chattanooga TFP, 3/19/08)