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Croque Monsieur Strata Bundt

Slices of this Croque Monsieur Strata Bundt and a simple green salad and a glass of sauvignon blanc is all you need for a perfect weekend brunch.

November 13th, 2017

From BEAUTIFUL BUNDTS: 100 RECIPES FOR DELICIOUS CAKES AND MORE, by Julie Anne Hession

Originating in French cafés as a lunch or afternoon snack, the Croque Monsieur Strata Bundt is a ham sandwich, usually served on buttery brioche bread, with broiled Gruyère or Comte cheese on top.
Ingredients
  • Minimum 12-cup Bundt pan, sprayed
  • 9 large eggs
  • 3 cups half-and-half (10%) cream- 750 mL
  • 2 tbsp grainy mustard- 30 mL
  • 1 tsp salt- 5 mL
  • 1⁄2 tsp freshly ground black pepper- 2 mL
  • Pinch cayenne pepper
  • 1 lb Black Forest ham slices, chopped- 500 g
  • 2 cups finely shredded Gruyère cheese- 500 mL
  • 1⁄4 cup minced green onions- 60 mL
  • 11⁄2 tbsp chopped fresh rosemary (or 11⁄2 tsp/7 mL dried)- 22 mL
  • 1 lb loaf rustic white bread, cut into 3⁄4-inch - 500 g
 (2 cm) cubes
Directions
  1. In a large bowl, whisk eggs until blended. Whisk in cream, mustard, salt, pepper and cayenne.

  2. In a medium bowl, toss together ham, cheese, green onions and rosemary. If necessary, using your hands, separate pieces to break up any clumps and create a uniform mixture.

  3. Place one-third of the bread cubes in prepared Bundt pan. Top with half the ham mixture, sprinkling in an even layer. Repeat with half the remaining bread and the remaining ham mixture. Arrange the remaining bread on top, pressing down gently.

  4. Slowly pour egg mixture evenly over the layers, letting it soak in as you pour. Cover pan with plastic wrap and refrigerate for 8 hours or overnight to allow bread to absorb egg mixture.

  5. Preheat oven to 375°F (190°C).

  6. Uncover pan and bake for 55 to 65 minutes or until puffed and golden brown and a paring knife inserted in the center comes out clean. Let cool in pan for 15 minutes, then carefully invert strata onto a plate. For best results, serve warm or at room temperature.

  7. Tip: It is important to cut the bread into small enough cubes so that it can thoroughly absorb the egg mixture. If desired, buy your bread a day in advance so that it has a chance to dry out a bit.

Croque Monsieur Strata Bundt
Julie Anne Hession

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