Monte Cristo Swiss Strata

Wisconsin Cheese Monte Cristo Swiss Strata Recipe
Active Time
30 Minutes



Look for the Proudly Wisconsin Badge when shopping for cheese. Any brand of Wisconsin Swiss can be used in this recipe.


  1. Set aside 1 cup swiss for top. Spread mustard on 12 bread slices. Layer each with ham and 1/4 cup swiss. Spread cherry preserves on remaining bread. Top swiss with bread slices preserves side down. Cut each sandwich diagonally into four triangles. Arrange sandwiches crusts up in a greased 3-quart or 13 x 9-inch baking dish.
  2. Whisk the eggs, milk, garlic powder, salt and pepper in a large bowl. Pour egg mixture over sandwiches. Sprinkle with reserved swiss. Cover and refrigerate overnight.
  3. Remove strata from the refrigerator 30 minutes before baking. Heat oven to 350°F.
  4. Bake, covered, for 45 minutes. Uncover; bake for 15 minutes longer or until a knife inserted near the center comes out clean and thermometer inserted into egg mixture reads 160°F. Let stand for 10 minutes. Serve with maple syrup.

Cheesemonger Tip

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Do you have questions when shopping for cheese? Ask the cheesemonger! A cheesemonger specializes in the buying and selling of high-quality cheese, usually available in the specialty section of a grocery store or cheese shop. Knowledgeable and passionate, a cheesemonger is a go-to resource for cheese varieties and pairings, proper cheese storage and handling, its cooking applications and cheese brand information.

Wisconsin swiss is a semi-hard cheese with buttery, nutty and slightly sweet flavors. It's famous for iconic holes, known as eyes, that are characteristic for this type of cheese.

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