Simple Bacon & Cheese Breakfast Strata

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               4 slices dense white OR whole grain bread

               4 eggs

              1/2 cup milk

              1/2 tsp. dried thyme OR oregano leaves

              6 slices Canadian-style bacon, chopped

             1/2 cup shredded Cheddar cheese (2 oz.)


  1. PLACE bread in single layer in greased 8-inch square baking dish.
  2. BEAT eggs, milk and thyme in medium bowl until blended; pour over bread.
  3. SPRINKLE with bacon. REFRIGERATE, covered, at least 30 minutes or as long as overnight.
  4. HEAT oven to 350°F. REMOVE strata from refrigerator; uncover and let stand while oven heats. BAKE in center of 350°F oven 30 minutes. SPRINKLE with cheese. BAKE until puffed, golden and firm in center, about 5 minutes longer.
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