This healthy update of a traditionally rich ham-and-cheese breakfast strata is made lighter primarily by losing a few egg yolks and using nonfat milk. Gruyère cheese has a delicious, nutty aroma and flavor, which means that with the relatively small amount in this recipe you still get a big impact. To finish the makeover use nutritious, fiber-rich, whole-grain bread instead of white. The results: plenty of flavor, half the calories and one-third the fat of the original.

EatingWell Test Kitchen
Source: EatingWell Magazine, April/May 2006


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Recipe Summary

1 hr 45 mins


Ingredient Checklist


Instructions Checklist
  • Preheat oven to 375 degrees F. Coat a 7-by-11-inch glass baking dish or a 2-quart casserole with cooking spray.

  • Whisk eggs, egg whites and milk in a medium bowl. Add mustard, rosemary and pepper; whisk to combine. Toss spinach, bread, ham and roasted red peppers in a large bowl. Add the egg mixture and toss well to coat. Transfer to the prepared baking dish and push down to compact. Cover with foil.

  • Bake until the custard has set, 40 to 45 minutes. Uncover, sprinkle with cheese and continue baking until the pudding is puffed and golden on top, 15 to 20 minutes more. Transfer to a wire rack and cool for 15 to 20 minutes before serving.


Make Ahead Tip: Prepare casserole through Step 2; refrigerate overnight. Let stand at room temperature while the oven preheats. Bake as directed in Step 3.

Tip: To wilt spinach, rinse thoroughly with cool water. Transfer to a large microwave-safe bowl. Cover with plastic wrap and punch several holes in it. Microwave on High until wilted, 2 to 3 minutes. Squeeze out excess moisture before adding the spinach to the recipe.

Nutrition Facts

286 calories; protein 23.2g; carbohydrates 23g; dietary fiber 3.6g; sugars 4.9g; fat 10.4g; saturated fat 4.3g; cholesterol 150.3mg; vitamin a iu 3707.1IU; vitamin c 18mg; folate 113.5mcg; calcium 285.7mg; iron 2.8mg; magnesium 76.1mg; potassium 506.8mg; sodium 845.1mg; thiamin 0.4mg; added sugar 2g.

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9 Ratings
  • 5 star values: 2
  • 4 star values: 5
  • 3 star values: 1
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Rating: 4 stars
Also! Forgot to add I also used gluten free bread (Schar) but I didn't use as much as suggested I didn't want to compromise the texture of the casserole. Came out great. Read More
Rating: 2 stars
Not sure about preparing the night before... I made this exactly as posted here but I didn't think it was very good or worth the effort. I made it the night before and stored it in the fridge just like the recipe suggests but I did not like adding the bread at all to this dish. My guests ate it but honestly it didn't even look appetizing to me. Probably good omitting the bread. Pros: Eggs are good Cons: Too much bread! Read More
Rating: 4 stars
Easy Recipe for a Filling and Savory Breakfast! This was really easy to make ahead of time and bake in the morning. I am glad that I used the crusts of the bread because I am afraid that it wouldn't have had much texture otherwise. Next time I won't be so conservative with the pepper and rosemary and I might add some additional chili pepper to give it a little heat. Read More
Rating: 4 stars
Great recipe. Quick put together on a weeknight. All my boys and man loved it. Yes loads of calories but worth every bite. Served with a salad everyone loved it. Read More
Rating: 5 stars
I made this for Christmas brunch and everyone loved it! My mother is allergic to dairy and wheat and I used unsweetened Almond Milk vegetarian mozzarella cheese and gluten free bread. Everyone loved it! Read More
Rating: 5 stars
Good recipe but I use all whole eggs. This is how eggs were "designed" and how the yolk and white compliment each other. I eat 2 to 3 eggs a day. The yolk has ost of the vitamins and minerals. The yolk has B6 for the heart and lutein and zeaxanthin for the eyes to prevent macular degeneration of the eyes. There is also a lot of B12 for those who are vegetarians. Otherwise B12 is only in meat. Check out the article by Eating Well on eggs. BTW my cholesterol is perfect and I'll be 70 this year! Read More
Rating: 4 stars
This seems like a pretty good meal for mothers day but to reduce calories eggbeaters could be a good substitute for the whole eggs and egg whites. Read More
Rating: 3 stars
Excellent Made this today for Father's Day brunch. I followed the recipe quite a bit didn't have roasted peppers but we love fresh peppers so added an extra amount of red and green pepper. Added some scallions used 3/4 of a ham steak swiss and havarti cheese which I accidentally put IN the mix to bake instead of adding on top. I added a bit of mozzarella on top once I realized my mistake - and then finished it and let it sit. Husband LOVED it and so did I. Very good. Served with fresh home fries. Thanks for this recipe. Read More
Rating: 4 stars
I used Southwestern style Eggbeaters a little bit of ham and cheddar and chipotle chili powder as the spice. I topped it with thin slice of vine-ripened tomatoes...and it was delicious. Read More