Easy Salmon and Cheddar Strata

Salmon Strada

This Salmon and Cheddar Strata is a wonderful recipe for impressing the in-laws. Just put it together the night before, then pop it into the oven the next morning. You’ll make your honey proud when his mom asks for the recipe!


8 slices whole grain bread
¼ cup butter, softened
8 large eggs
1 teaspoon brown sugar
1 tablespoon Dijon mustard
2 ½ cups half-and-half
3 cups Cheddar cheese, grated
1 pound smoked salmon (about 2 cups), skin and pin bones removed
½ teaspoon paprika


Butter a 9 x 13 inch baking dish. Butter bread on both sides, stack the bread and cut it into small cubes.

In a medium sized bowl whisk the eggs, brown sugar, Dijon and the half-and-half.

Layer one half of the bread in the prepared pan, one half of the cheese and one half of the salmon. Repeat layers. Pour the egg mixture over all layers. Sprinkle paprika over the top. Chill overnight.

Remove Strata from refrigerator ½ hour before baking. Preheat the oven to 350° F. Bake for 45 minutes to 1 hour or until a knife inserted near the center comes out clean

Variation Tip: Fresh cooked salmon or canned salmon may be substituted for the smoked salmon in this recipe.

Makes 4 to 6 servings

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