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You can vary the cheese any way you like (many New England Yankees don’t think anything but Cheddar makes sense); if you have access to some leftover Virginia ham, so much the better.
10 1/2 cups (14 ounces) bread cubes
1 1/2 cups (3 3/4 ounces) scallions, sliced
2 cups (9 ounces) diced ham
2 cups (6 1/2 ounces) shredded cheese
9 large eggs
5 cups (40 ounces) milk
3/4 teaspoon worcestershire
3/4 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon pepper
Butter or oil a 9 x 13-inch baking pan. In a large mixing bowl, combine the bread cubes, scallions, ham, and cheese. Stir everything to mix it evenly, and put the mixture into your buttered baking pan. In a medium sized bowl, beat the eggs, milk and seasonings together. Pour this mixture slowly over the bread cubes in the pan, being careful to wet the entire top. Cover the pan with plastic wrap and refrigerate it overnight. The next morning, bake the strata in a preheated 350°F oven for 60 to 70 minutes until the top is puffy and golden brown. The center may look slightly liquid, but will finish setting up after you take it out of the oven. Yield: 24 2-inch squares.