Bacon, Egg, and Cheese English Muffin Strata

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This tasty English muffin strata is basically a big-batch, brunch-worthy version of a classic Bacon, Egg, and Cheese sandwich.

Bacon, Egg, and Cheese English Muffin Strata
Forget about assembling six separate bacon, egg, and cheese sandwiches. We took all the components of the bodega breakfast sandwich and baked it into a fluffy, custardy strata. Get the recipe for Bacon, Egg, and Cheese English Muffin Strata. Photo: Brie Passano
Hands On Time:
20 mins
Total Time:
1 hrs 10 mins
Yield:
6 servings

Launch into this recipe by cooking the bacon until crispy. Then, you'll fry the halved English muffins in the bacon fat, so that every bite of this strata is full of bacon flavor. Next, you'll layer the English muffins, bacon, and American cheese, and then pour the custard-like egg mixture overtop.

Ingredients

  • 6 English muffins, halved

  • 6 slices bacon

  • 12 slices American cheese (8 oz.)

  • 6 large eggs

  • 1 ½ cups whole milk

  • ½ cup sour cream

  • ¼ teaspoon kosher salt

  • Freshly ground black pepper

  • ¼ cup chopped chives, divided

Directions

  1. Preheat oven to 350°F. Lightly butter an 8x8” or other shallow 2-quart baking dish; butter one side of a piece of foil, large enough to cover dish.

  2. In batches, cook the bacon over medium-low heat in a large skillet until crispy, 1 to 2 minutes per side. Transfer to a paper-towel lined plate, reserving the drippings in the skillet.

  3. Working in batches, fry the English muffins, cut-side down, in the bacon fat until golden and crisp, about 30 seconds. Transfer to a paper-towel lined plate.

  4. Break each bacon piece in half. Arrange muffin halves, bacon, and cheese slices slightly upright in prepared dish, alternating layers and shingling as you go.

  5. In a large bowl, whisk together the eggs, milk, sour cream, salt, several grinds black pepper, and 3 tablespoons of the chives until combined. Pour egg mixture over baking dish. Cover with foil, buttered side down.

  6. Bake until puffed and set around the edges, 25 to 30 minutes. Uncover and bake until the center is just set, 18 to 22 minutes more. Let sit 5 minutes. Top with remaining 1 tablespoon chives and several grinds black pepper.

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