RECIPES

Monte Cristo Swiss Strata

Wisconsin Cheese Monte Cristo Swiss Strata Recipe
Active Time
30 Minutes
Servings
8

Ingredients

Cheese

Look for the Proudly Wisconsin Badge when shopping for cheese. Any brand of Wisconsin Swiss can be used in this recipe.

Instructions

  1. Set aside 1 cup swiss. Spread 12 bread slices with mustard; layer each with ham and 1/4 cup swiss. Spread cherry preserves on remaining bread. Top swiss with bread slices preserves side down. Cut each sandwich diagonally into four triangles. Arrange sandwiches crusts up in a greased 3-quart or 13 x 9-inch baking dish.
  2. Whisk the eggs, milk, garlic powder, salt and pepper in a large bowl. Pour egg mixture over sandwiches. Sprinkle with reserved swiss. Cover and refrigerate overnight.
  3. Remove strata from the refrigerator 30 minutes before baking. Heat oven to 350°F.
  4. Bake, covered, for 45 minutes. Uncover; bake for 15 minutes longer or until a knife inserted near the center comes out clean and thermometer inserted in egg mixture reads 160°F. Let stand for 10 minutes. Serve with maple syrup.

Cheesemonger Tip

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Do you have questions when shopping for cheese? Ask the cheesemonger! A cheesemonger specializes in the buying and selling of high-quality cheese, usually available in the specialty section of a grocery store or cheese shop. Knowledgeable and passionate, a cheesemonger is a go-to resource for cheese varieties and pairings, proper cheese storage and handling, its cooking applications and cheese brand information.

Wisconsin swiss is a semi-hard cheese with buttery, nutty and slightly sweet flavor. It's famous for iconic holes, known as eyes, that are characteristic for this type of cheese.

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