Wake & Bake Breakfast Strata Beauty, as seen on The Kitchen, Season 32.
Recipe courtesy of Jeff Mauro

Wake & Bake Breakfast Strata

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  • Level: Easy
  • Total: 1 hr 45 min (includes chilling time)
  • Active: 25 min
  • Yield: 8 to 10 servings
This recipe gives the cook license to literally eat the world’s greatest ham and cheese sandwich…for breakfast. Don’t skimp on the pretzel bun base. It adds a layer of caramelly depth and texture that you won’t get from most egg bakes, stratas and casseroles.



  1. Generously butter the bottom and sides of a 9-by-13-inch baking dish. Arrange the buns in a single layer in the dish and set aside.
  2. Combine the eggs, salt, a few grinds of pepper and half-and-half in a large bowl until smooth. Add the jalapeños, ham, Cheddar and mozzarella and stir until evenly mixed. Pour the egg mixture over the buns, stirring if needed to completely coat the buns. Cover and refrigerate for at least an hour, preferably overnight.
  3. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F.
  4. Uncover the casserole and bake until the top is golden brown and the casserole is set, 45 to 55 minutes. Let cool for 5 to 10 minutes before cutting and serving.