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Cheese And Tomato Strata


      1    tomato and basil pasta sauce

      1    loaf of french bread,cut

           -into 1 inch


  1 1/2 lb mozzarella cheese,grated

      2 T  fresh basil,chopped

      6 lg eggs

  2 1/2 c  Parmesan cheese,grated

           salt and pepper,to taste

Butter a 9x 13 inch pan. Place a single layer of bread slices on the

bottom, not over lapping, but laying flat. Pour half of the tomato

sauce over the bread, sprinkle half the mozzarella cheese on top, and

half of the basil on top of the cheese. Place a second layer of bread

in the pan. And repeat with the mozzarella and basil. Top this layer

with the remaining french bread, arranging them in an overlapping



Using a skewer, poke deep holes through the layers, approximately 1

inch apart. Beat the eggs and milk together in a large bowl. Add

Parmesan cheese, salt and pepper and stir. Pour this mixture over the

bread and refrigerate for at least 2 hours or over night. Cover with

plastic wrap while in the refrigerator.


Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Uncover baking dish and bake for 40 to 50

minutes or until puffed and well browned. Let stand for 10 minutes

before slicing into squares. Yield: 6 servings.


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