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Casserole, Bagel and Lox (Strata) (D)
Source: Served at a brunch
Serves: 12

1/4 cup butter or margarine, melted
8 cups plain bagels cut into bite-sized pieces (4 to 6 bagel)
1 8-oz. package thinly sliced lox cut into small pieces (be smart! buy the less expensive containers of bits and pieces!)
8 oz. Swiss cheese or Monterey Jack or combo (2 cups)
1/4 snipped fresh chives
8 beaten eggs
2 cups milk
1 cup cottage cheese
1/4 tsp. pepper

Spread melted butter evenly over bottom of 3-quart rectangular baking dish.

Evenly spread bagels pieces in dish. Sprinkle lox, cheese, and chives evenly over bagel.

Combine eggs, milk, cottage cheese, and pepper in bowl and then pour over layers in dish.

With a wooden spoon, press down ingredients gently to moisten all of the ingredients. Cover and refrigerate for 4 to 24 hours.

Bake uncovered in a preheated 350°F oven for about 45 minutes or until set and edges are puffed and golden. Let stand about 10 minutes before serving.

Poster's Notes:
I was a guest at a recent brunch where this was a tremendous success. Because it can be prepared ahead of time AND can be served in its cooking pan, it is a hostess' delight!

There is no salt specified because the lox may be salty enough. I would use butter. If you are going to use all those other great dairy products, using margarine doesn't make too much sense!

Posted by Fredericka Cohen, Z'L

Nutritional Info Per Serving: N/A