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A large square serving of ham, kale, and swiss strata on a white plate.
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Ham, Swiss, and Kale Strata

This Ham, Swiss, and Kale Strata is a great way to start the day. Think cheesy, savoury bread pudding. You can start the night before and pop in the oven in the morning!
Prep Time15 minutes
Cook Time50 minutes
Chilling and resting time5 hours 30 minutes
Total Time5 hours 5 minutes
Course: Breakfast
Cuisine: American
Servings: 8 People
Calories: 581kcal
Author: Marie Porter


9 x 13 Baking Dish


  • 1 Large onion finely chopped
  • 3 Garlic cloves pressed or minced
  • 1 tablespoon Olive oil
  • 1 ½-2 lbs Cured or smoked ham cut into bite sized pieces
  • 1 bunch Kale chopped
  • ½ teaspoon Salt
  • ½ teaspoon Pepper
  • 9 Large Eggs
  • 1-2 tablespoon Dijon Mustard 1 for more subtle, 2 if you love Dijon.
  • 2 ½ cups Milk
  • Cooking spray or butter
  • 1 Baguette, cut into 1″ cubes about 8 cups
  • 2 tablespoon Caraway Seeds
  • 2 ½ cups Grated Swiss Cheese


  • In a large frying pan, saute onion and garlic in olive oil until tender.
    Add ham and kale, sautee until kale is wilted but not yet crispy. Remove from heat, season with a little of of the salt and pepper.
  • In a medium mixing bowl, whisk together eggs and mustard. Add milk and remaining salt/pepper, continue whisking until well combined.
  • Using cooking spray or butter, grease a 9’x 13″ baking/cake pan.
  • Arrange half of the bread cubes evenly in the pan, sprinkle with almost half of the caraway seeds. Top with half of the kale mixture, then half of the cheese.
  • Repeat layering one more time, ending with cheese on top. Sprinkle with remaining/extra caraway seeds.
  • Pour egg mixture evenly over everything, wrap with plastic wrap, and chill for 2-4 hours.
  • About an hour and a half before serving:
  • Remove strata from fridge, preheat oven to 350F. I like to let the strata sit on the counter for 20 minutes or so, to take the chill off it.
  • Remove plastic wrap from strata, cover with foil, and bake for 40 minutes.
  • Remove foil, bake for another 10-15 minutes. Strata is ready when it is cooked through and golden brown on top.
  • Serve hot!


Calories: 581kcal | Carbohydrates: 33g | Protein: 48g | Fat: 29g | Saturated Fat: 14g | Cholesterol: 352mg | Sodium: 2135mg | Potassium: 726mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 8g | Vitamin A: 1855IU | Vitamin C: 13mg | Calcium: 594mg | Iron: 5mg