Ham & Mushroom Strata #BrunchWeek

My meat and potatoes husband extends his carnivore preferences to brunch, too. This cheesy Ham & Mushroom Strata hit the mark.

Ham and Mushroom Strata | A cheesy breakfast casserole that's perfect for any occasion!

Ham & Mushroom Strata

I’ve baked up iterations of this strata for years and years. This time, I swapped out my usual cheese for my favorite Cabot Extra Sharp Cheddar. Smart move.  Plus I sliced up some challah instead of a sturdy sandwich bread. You know the drill. Just make it your own. The bread, the cheese, the inclusion of mushrooms are all up to you. Bill’s mom tried to trick him into trying mushrooms by calling them fried marshmallows. Didn’t work. I just eat his share. This breakfast casserole is marvelous with ham, but you could certainly add Italian sausage or even bacon if you prefer.

Ham and Mushroom Strata | A cheesy breakfast casserole that's perfect for any occasion!

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Ham and Mushroom Strata | A cheesy breakfast casserole that's perfect for any occasion!

Ham and Mushroom Strata #BrunchWeek

Serves 6 servings     adjust servings

Prep Time 20 mins
Cook Time 63 mins
Total Time 1 hr 23 mins

A make ahead breakfast casserole full of ham, mushrooms and cheddar!


  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • 8 ounces fresh mushrooms, sliced
  • 8-10 slices challah bread (thickness of sandwich bread)
  • 5 ounces Black Forest ham, cut into 1/2 inch pieces
  • 5 eggs
  • 2 cups (8 ounces) shredded sharp cheddar, divided (I used Cabot Extra Sharp Cheddar)
  • 1 3/4 cup whole milk
  • 1 tablespoon chopped fresh thyme, divided
  • 1 teaspoon dry mustard
  • 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper


  1. Melt the butter in a skillet and saute the mushrooms till golden. Season with a sprinkle of salt and pepper.
  2. Spray an 8 x 8-inch baking dish with non-stick cooking spray. Line the bottom with half the bread slices, trimming to fit. Top with ham, then sprinkle with one cup of the grated cheese, followed by the mushrooms. Add enough of the remaining bread to cover the filling.
  3. Whisk together the eggs, milk, half the thyme, mustard, salt, and pepper till well blended. Pour over bread. Cover and refrigerate overnight.
  4. When ready to bake, preheat the oven to 350º. Bake uncovered till puffed and lightly browned, about 1 hour. Mix remaining cheese and thyme and sprinkle over casserole. Return to oven for about 3 minutes or till the cheese melts. Let sit 10 minutes before serving.
  5. Doubles easily.


Nutrition Facts
Serving Size
Amount Per Serving As Served
Calories 506kcal Calories from fat 254
% Daily Value
Total Fat 28g 43%
Saturated Fat 14g 70%
Transfat 1g
Cholesterol 232mg 77%
Sodium 826mg 34%
Carbohydrate 36g 12%
Dietary Fiber 2g 8%
Sugars 6g
Protein 27g

Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs:

Calories 2000
Total Fat Less than 65g
Sat Fat Less than 25g
Cholesterol Less than 300mg
Sodium Less than 2,400mg
Total Carbohydrate 300g
Dietary Fiber 25g
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Ham and Mushroom Strata | A cheesy breakfast casserole that's perfect for any occasion!


  1. Wow – another fabulous brunch recipe. My farmer would LOVE this one especially with the addition of the sautéed mushrooms, yum! Stratas are such a time saver and always delicious!

  2. Dear Lizzy, your strata looks fabulous…sounds like some delicious ideas. I like using challah bread in this…I would definitely throw in some Italian sausage! xo, Catherine

  3. What lovely strata Lizzy, I love these type of meals and look delicious and love mushrooms too !
    A big hug for you dear Lizzy and hope you have a lovely Mom’s day

  4. Yum, this looks really good – I’ll have Bill’s share.

  5. I absolutely adore strata. After all it’s bread, eggs and cheese!! I sometimes add chorizo too. I could live on brunch dishes like this one. Gorgeous Liz!

  6. Wow Liz, can it be #brunchweek every week?! Hah! This is a gorgeous dish. So versatile too, I love how there are a lot of different things you can swap in or out and still get a fantastic result.

  7. It’s a very nice idea the week’s brunch! Your recipe is just perfect for this week, so gourmand ! I will love with a nice cup of coffee !

  8. Challah is divine. I just found a favorite brand at Sprouts. Good variation here, Liz. Love recipes where you can swap in and out different ingredients with fantastic results.

  9. Looks scrumptious Liz, exactly the breakfast I would pick if it was my choice! Happy Mother’s Day, hope you have a wonderful day!

  10. I love mushroom and cheese combos, your suggestion of a sharp cheddar cheese would make this dish amazing!!
    Thanks so much for sharing!
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  11. Your strata looks DIVINE! Mushroom and ham sound fantastic together.

  12. It sounds like our husbands share the same enthusiasm for mushrooms. I usually end up eating of my husband’s mushrooms for him in any dish. This strata is right up my alley! So much deliciousness in one dish. Have a great Mother’s Day, Liz!

  13. Challah, cheese baked up with cream? What is not to love? Seriously the textures and contrasts of mushrooms, sharp cheddar and bread is the best! Happy Mother’s Day, Liz!

  14. Christie says:

    Stratas are so awesome for brunch! They taste good and you can prepare them the night before. Yum!

  15. Looks so delicious!

  16. Oh yeah….extra mushrooms in mine please

  17. We’d eat this any time of the day mushrooms and all! Challah is so hard to find around here. I lucked up and found some a few weeks ago and made French toast with it. Sooner or later I’ll have to get over my yeast phobia and make my own.


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