Growing up we would spend Easter Brunch at our church. Here the ladies would put on a a huge spread with Strata, Potato dish, fruits, rolls, and other sweet delights. I loved it then, and still love it now. Not only for the preparation the night before guests or a holiday but for the yummy, ooohey, gooey flavors. This is now our Christmas morning tradition.
6 slices bread (preferably white)
2 cups shredded cheddar cheese
1 lb cooked diced ham
1/2 lb. fresh sliced mushrooms sliced
1 large can Ortega chilles
2 cups shredded jack cheese
6 beaten eggs
2 cups milk
1 tsp. salt
1/2 tsp. paprika
1/2 tsp. basil
1/4 tsp dry mustard
Butter one side of bread and place it butter side down in a 13 X 9 baking dish. Sprinkle 2 cups shredded cheddar cheese on top of the bread. Then layer the diced cooked ham, mushrooms, green chilles, and jack cheese on next 4 layers.
Beat together eggs, milk, salt, paprika, basil, and dry mustard. Pour mixture over pan and cover with foil. Chill overnight or at least 8 hours. Remove from fridge, preheat oven to 325 degrees. Bake for 50 min. Let stand for 10 min. before serving.