Everything Bagel Strata: Celebrate Mom with Breakfast

Flavor-packed "everything" bagels work overtime in this perfect Mother's Day brunch dish. All of the prep is done the day before so that this special morning can be spent with Mom!

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Step 1: Gather Ingredients

Britt Kurent

Step 1: Gather Ingredients

Making a delicious Brunch this Mother's Day is just a few simple steps away! The first step is to gather all of the ingredients that you will need for this yummy meal.

- 4 "Everything" Bagels, cut into ?" cubes
- 4 cups of sliced leeks (2-3 large leeks, white and light parts only), rinsed well, and patted dry
- 2 tablespoons of unsalted butter
- Kosher Salt and black pepper, to taste
- 6 eggs
- 2 cups of milk
- 6 ounces of Gruyere of Swiss cheese, shredded

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Step 2: Toast

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Step 2: Toast

Preheat the oven to 350?F. Once the oven is heated, place the cubed bagel pieces on a cookie sheet and bake for 10 minutes, or until lightly toasted.

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Step 3: Prepare the Leeks

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Step 3: Prepare the Leeks

In a large pan over medium heat, melt the unsalted butter. Add the leeks and saut? until soft, but not brown, about 10 minutes. Remove from heat, then season with salt and pepper to taste.

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Step 4: Assemble the Casserole

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Step 4: Assemble the Casserole

In a medium bowl, whisk together the eggs, milk, ? teaspoon of salt, and ? teaspoon black pepper. Lightly coat a 9" x 13" casserole dish with non-stick cooking spray. Spread the cooled bagel pieces over the bottom of the casserole dish in an even layer. Distribute the saut?ed leeks over the bagel pieces and top with the grated cheese. Pour the egg mixture over the top and stir gently to incorporate. Make sure that all the bagel pieces are submerged in the egg mixture. Cover with plastic wrap and refrigerate overnight.

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Step 5: Cook the Strata

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Step 5: Cook the Strata

Preheat the oven to 350?F. Remove plastic wrap and bake the strata for 45-55 minutes, or until top is lightly set. Let cool for 20 minutes before slicing.

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Step 6: Eat Up!

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Step 6: Eat Up!

This next step is the best of all: enjoy! Slice and serve this delicious strata while Mom opens her Mother's Day cards. A morning meal is the perfect way to show her just how much you appreciate all that she does. Dig in!

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