Brunch is easily my favorite meal to have when entertaining. One, it's early in the day. Two, it features a lot of things you can make ahead so you can spend time with your guests.
I recently hosted a brunch, and made this strata, which I was able to make the night before. And bonus, the leftovers got better the longer it sat in the fridge!
Spinach, Bacon, and Mozzarella Strata
8 slices multigrain bread
8 strips cooked bacon (I used already cooked - if you cook it, just make sure to drain it!)
2 cups shredded mozzarella cheese
3 cups 2% milk
3 tbsp. Dijon mustard
1/2 tsp. salt
3 cups fresh spinach
1 cup chopped sundried tomatoes
Preheat oven to 325.
Spray 13x9 baking dish.
In a bowl, combine the eggs, milk, mustard and salt.
Chop the bread into cubes. Crumble the bacon into small pieces.
Place half the bread in the dish. Top with bacon, 1 cup of cheese, half the tomatoes, and half the spinach. Repeat that layer with the remaining ingredients.
Pour egg mixture over the top.
If you are making ahead, place in the fridge overnight. Bake uncovered in the oven for 50-60 minutes (I actually upped the heat to 350 for the last 10 minutes).
Let stand 10 minutes before serving.