Monte Cristo Strata

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“A wonderful casserole that is very versatile! You can serve this for breakfast, lunch, or dinner! Prep time does not include overnight refrigeration time.”
1hr 45mins

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  1. Melt butter in heavy medium skillet over medium-high heat.
  2. Add mushrooms and saute until golden, about 10 minutes.
  3. Season with salt and pepper.
  4. Generously butter a 13x9x2-inch glass baking dish.
  5. Line bottom with half of bread slices, cutting to fit.
  6. Top with ham, then 2 cups of cheese.
  7. Top with mushrooms.
  8. Add enough remaining bread in single layer to cover.
  9. Whisk eggs, milk, 1 tablespoon thyme, dry mustard, salt and pepper in large bowl to blend.
  10. Pour over bread.
  11. Cover and refrigerate overnight.
  12. Remove from refrigerator and let sit 30 minutes while preheating oven to 350.
  13. Uncover baking dish.
  14. Bake until puffed and golden, about 1 hour.
  15. Mix remaining cup of cheese and 1 tablespoon thyme; sprinkle on top.
  16. Bake until cheese melts, about 3 minutes.
  17. Let sit for 10 minutes before serving.
  18. Leftovers are equally as good re-warmed the next day in the microwave.

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