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Tomato-Bacon Strata

6 bacon slices
1/2 small onion, chopped
12 very thin white bread slices
4 to 6 plum tomatoes, sliced
1 teaspoon salt, divided
1/2 teaspoon black pepper
1/4 teaspoon dried basil
6 Swiss cheese slices
4 large eggs
1 1/2 cups milk
1/3 cup shredded Parmesan cheese

COOK back in a skillet until crisp; drain on paper towels, reserving 1 tablespoon drippings in skillet. Crumble bacon, set aside.

ADD chopped onion to hot bacon drippings and sauté 5 minutes or until tender.

CUT crusts from bread slices. Arrange 6 bread slices in an even layer on the bottom of a greased 11-x-7-inch baking dish; top with tomato slices and sprinkle bacon an donion evenly over tomatoes; top with Swiss cheese slices and remaining bread slices.

WHISK together eggs, milk, and remaining ½ teaspoon salt. Pour evenly over bread slices. Cover and chill at least 4 hours.

BAKE at 350 degrees for 40 minutes or just until set. Top with Parmesan cheese, and bake 5 more minutes or until cheese melts.