PLACE bread in single layer in greased 8-inch square baking dish.
BEAT eggs, milk and thyme in medium bowl until blended; pour over bread. SPRINKLE with bacon. REFRIGERATE, covered, at least 30 minutes or as long as overnight.
HEAT oven to 350°F. REMOVE strata from refrigerator; uncover and let stand while oven heats. BAKE, uncovered, in center of 350°F oven 30 minutes. SPRINKLE with cheese. BAKE until cheese is melted and strata is puffed, golden and firm in center, about 5 minutes longer.
This easy and yummy make-ahead egg dish is perfect for brunch, dinner and family get-togethers.
Like its cousins the quiche and bread pudding, the strata has endless variations. It can be made with almost any firm bread, enhanced with vegetables, meat and cheese, and flavored any way you like.
Excellent Source: Protein, Vitamin D, Calcium and Choline
As with French toast and bread pudding, the strata is a good use for bread that has become a bit dry.
Substitute: 6 strips turkey bacon, cooked and crumbled, can be substituted for the Canadian-style bacon.
Good Source: Folate and Iron
To ensure food safety, eggs should be cooked until both the yolk and the white are firm. Consuming raw or undercooked eggs may increase your risk of foodborne illness, especially for those with certain medical conditions. For recipes that call for eggs that are raw or undercooked when the dish is served, use either pasteurized shell eggs that have been treated to destroy Salmonella, or use pasteurized egg products.