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Originally published December 11, 2012 at 3:00 PM | Page modified December 12, 2012 at 12:06 PM

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Overnight Rosemary Ham & White Cheddar Strata Bites

Kathy Casey created this recipe as a do-ahead appetizer for a party. It can be easily tweaked by substituting different meats or veggies.

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Makes about 24 pieces

Versatile and delicious, this recipe can become your go-to party starter. You can also make these ahead of time and reheat in a 400 degree oven for a couple of minutes right before serving.

2 tablespoons olive oil

1/3 cup small-diced onion

1/3 cup small-diced red pepper

1 tablespoon minced garlic

2 teaspoons minced fresh rosemary

4 eggs

1 cup milk

½ cup cream

2 teaspoons Dijon mustard

1 ½ teaspoons kosher salt

¼ teaspoon black pepper

4 cups ½-inch-diced hearty French or rustic bread

¾ cup small-diced ham

1 cup shredded white cheddar cheese

¼ cup plus 1 tablespoon grated Parmesan cheese

1. To mix the strata: In a small saute pan, heat the oil over medium-high heat. Add the onion and red pepper and sauté until ¾ cooked, about 2 to 3 minutes. Add the garlic and rosemary and cook for 30 seconds more. Remove from heat and set aside.

2. In a large bowl, whisk together the eggs, milk, cream, mustard, salt and pepper until well combined. Add the cooled sautéed mixture, bread, ham, cheddar cheese and 2 tablespoons of the Parmesan, and fold in with a spatula to mix but not break up the bread. Cover the mixture and refrigerate overnight, or for at least 2 hours, so the bread soaks up the egg mixture.

3. To bake and serve: Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Spray nonstick mini-muffin tins with cooking spray. (The muffin tin cups should be about 1 ¾ inches in diameter.) Set aside.

4. Spoon about 2 tablespoons of strata mixture into each muffin cup, dividing the mixture between 24 cups. (You want to fill them to the top.) Sprinkle lightly with 2 tablespoons of the remaining Parmesan. Bake for about 22-25 minutes, or until puffy and golden.

5. Let the stratas cool in the pan for about 2 minutes, and then carefully remove them from the pan. Sprinkle with the remaining 1 tablespoon of Parmesan. Serve warm.

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