Smoked Cheese, Leek & Red Pepper Strata

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Yield: 1 9 x 13" baking pan

2 Tbsp butter
2 medium red peppers, small diced
2 leeks, white only, sliced

1 loaf focaccia bread, cubed in ½" cubes
1 cup mild smoked cheese, grated (we use smoked Amish yogurt cheese)
1 ½ cups milk
1 ½ cups half & half
9 large eggs, slightly beaten
2 tbsp Dijon mustard
½ tsp salt
½ tsp freshly groun black pepper

Saute peppers and leeks in butter until soft. Set aside.

Spread half the bread cubes in a 9 x 13" pan that has been sprayed with pan spray. Top with 3/4 of the cheese and 3/4 of the leek & red pepper mixture. Repeat layers: bread cubes, cheese, pepper/leek mixture.

In a medium bowl whisk together the milk, half & half, eggs, dijon, salt & pepper. Pour over bread. Cover & chill in overnight if desired.

Bake uncovered at 350 degrees for 45 - 60 minutes.

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