Ellie's Sunday Strata
( From Nantucket House of Chatham B&B in S. Chatham, MA )
For the Cheese Sauce
For The Strata
- 2 tbls. Butter
- 2 ½ tbls all-purpose flour
- 2 cups milk
- 1/8 tsp pepper
- 1 cup shredded cheddar cheese
- 3 Tbls butter
- 1 cup diced ham or Canadian bacon
- ¼ cup chopped scallions
- 12 large eggs, beaten
- ½ cup butter, melted
- 2 ¼ cup soft bread crumbs
- Paprika, as desired
For the cheese sauce melt the butter in a heavy saucepan over low heat. Blend in the flour an cook 1 minute. Gradually add the milk; cook over medium heat until thickened, stirring constantly. Add the pepper and cheese, stirring until the cheese melts and the mixture is smooth. Remove from heat and set aside.
Oil 9 x 13 glass baking dish and set aside. Melt 3 tbls butter in a large skillet and sauté the ham and scallions until the ham is lightly browned and the scallions are tender. Add the eggs and cook over medium-high heat, stirring to form large, soft cords. When the eggs are set stir in the cheese sauce.
Spoon the egg mixture into the baking dish. Combine the melted butter and bread crumbs in a bowl, mixing well; spread evenly over the egg mixture. Sprinkle lightly with paprika. Cover and refrigerate overnight.
- The Next Day
Preheat the oven to 350° and remove the dish from the refrigerator. Uncover the dish and bake until heated thoroughly and lightly browned on top about 30 minutes.