If you are looking for presentation and know that you can serve this entrée in a timely manner, then our Wine Cheese Strata will be a hit. Because it rises during cooking it should be brought from the oven right to the table and served as soon as possible. Make ahead the night before. Serves 10.

STEP ONE:
1/2 Loaf French bread, cubed (or whatever to fill 10 ramekins)
2 cups Swiss cheese-shredded
1/2 cup Monterey Jack cheese-shredded
1 1/2 cups diced ham
2 green onions, sliced

Layer in ramekin: bread, cheese, ham, onion.

STEP TWO:
In a blender, mix the following in two batches, so double these amounts. In each batch:
6 Grade A Large Eggs
2 Cups Milk
1/4 cup white wine
2 teaspoons Dijon mustard

Pour mixture over bread, cover, and refrigerate overnight. Bake uncovered at 325 degrees for 45 minutes. Mix:

1/2 cup sour cream
8 oz. Parmesan cheese

Put dollop on top just before serving. Serves 10.

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