Pear-Bacon Strata

Make fresh pears a highlight of your savory breakfast with this bacon and cheese strata. Drying the bread cubes for this strata helps them absorb the egg mixture more readily.

Pear-bacon strata on white plate
Photo: Blaine Moats
Prep Time:
30 mins
Bake Time:
45 mins
Stand Time:
15 mins
Total Time:
1 hrs 30 mins


  • 4 slices bacon, chopped

  • 2 tablespoon finely chopped shallot or red onion

  • 3 cup chopped pears, peeled if desired

  • 2 tablespoon honey

  • 2 teaspoon snipped fresh thyme

  • Nonstick cooking spray

  • 1 1 pound loaf ciabatta bread, cut into 1-inch cubes and dried (9 cups)

  • 1 cup shredded Gouda or white cheddar cheese (4 oz.)

  • 6 eggs, lightly beaten

  • 3 cup milk

  • ½ teaspoon salt

  • ¼ teaspoon black pepper


  1. Preheat oven to 350°F. In a 4 to 6-qt. Dutch oven cook bacon over medium heat until crisp. Remove from Dutch oven and drain on paper towels. Drain all but 1 tablespoon drippings from Dutch oven. Add shallot; cook and stir 1 to 2 minutes more or until shallot is softened. Add pears; cook and stir 2 minutes more or just until pears are softened. Remove from heat; transfer to a medium bowl. Stir in bacon, honey and thyme; cool slightly.

  2. Wipe out Dutch oven with paper towels (or wash and dry, if necessary); coat with cooking spray. Place half of the bread cubes in the Dutch oven. Top with half of the pear mixture and a third of the cheese. Repeat layers. In a medium bowl combine eggs, milk, salt, and pepper; pour over mixture in Dutch oven. Press bread down lightly to moisten. Sprinkle with remaining cheese.

  3. Cover and bake 45 minutes or until a knife inserted in the center comes out clean. Let stand, covered, about 15 minutes. Drizzle strata with additional honey and sprinkle and additional thyme.

Two Ways to Dry Bread Cubes

Preheat oven to 300ºF. Cut bread into cubes and arrange in two large baking pans. Bake for 10 to 15 minutes, stirring twice; cool. (Bread will continue to dry as it cools.)Let bread cubes stand, loosely covered, at room temperature 8 to 12 hours.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

499 Calories
17g Fat
60g Carbs
23g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 6
Calories 499
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 17g 22%
Saturated Fat 8g 40%
Cholesterol 224mg 75%
Sodium 902mg 39%
Total Carbohydrate 60g 22%
Total Sugars 20g
Protein 23g
Vitamin C 3.7mg 19%
Calcium 316mg 24%
Iron 3.4mg 19%
Potassium 370mg 8%
Folate, total 38.8mcg
Vitamin B-12 1.4mcg
Vitamin B-6 0.2mg

*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a food serving contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.

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