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Monte Cristo strata

Monte Cristo strata

Vegetable oil spray

8 large eggs

2 cups milk (2 percent or whole)

6 shakes of Tabasco sauce

1 teaspoon dry mustard

1 (1-pound) loaf good-quality sliced white bread,

torn into 1/2 -inch pieces

8 ounces sliced turkey,

cut into matchsticks

8 ounces sliced ham,

cut into matchsticks

3 cups shredded Swiss cheese

Makes 10 to 12 servings.

Spray a 9-by-13-inch pan with vegetable oil. In a large bowl, whisk eggs, milk, Tabasco and mustard until blended.

Arrange as much of the bread as you can in a single layer in the prepared pan. Top, in layers, with the turkey, ham and half the cheese. Top with the remaining bread, and pour on the egg mixture, tilting the pan to make sure the bread is coated. Sprinkle with the remaining cheese. Cover and refrigerate overnight.

Let the strata sit at room temperature while you heat the oven to 350 degrees. Bake until puffed and golden, 40 to 45 minutes. Let rest 5 minutes.

Nutritional information per serving: 473 calories (48 percent from fat), 25.2 g fat (13.1 g saturated, 8.3 g monounsaturated), 240.3 mg cholesterol, 29.4 g protein, 31.3 g carbohydrates, 0.8 g fiber, 1,735 mg sodium.

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