Southwest Breakfast Strata

Canadian bacon, chili peppers and tomatoes are layered in this tasty make-ahead egg dish.

2 tablespoons canned diced green chili peppers
8 1/2-inch-thick slices French bread or other firm-texture bread
Nonstick cooking spray
1/2 cup shredded reduced-fat Monterey Jack cheese (2 ounces)
1/8 teaspoon black pepper
2 plum tomatoes, thinly sliced
1-1/2 cups refrigerated or frozen egg product, thawed
1 tablespoon snipped fresh cilantro
2 slices Canadian-style bacon, cut into thin strips, or 1/2 cup chopped cooked ham
Lightly coat a 2-quart rectangular baking dish with cooking spray. Cover the bottom of the prepared baking dish with French bread slices, cutting to fit.
In a medium bowl, combine egg product, chili peppers, and black pepper. Pour egg mixture evenly over bread. Sprinkle with Canadian-style bacon or ham. Top with tomato slices and cheese. Cover and refrigerate at least 4 hours or overnight.

Bake, uncovered, in a 350 degree F oven about 25 minutes or until a knife inserted near center comes out clean. Before serving, sprinkle with cilantro. Makes 6 servings.

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