Christmas Morning Wifesaver

Calgarians who lived here in the eighties will recall the recipe that made the Best of Bridge famous – nowadays the authors say it’s more aptly called “Christmas Morning Domestic Partner Saver” – it’s a hefty, savoury sort of strata, made with day-old bread, bacon, cheddar and eggs. Casseroles aren’t just for dinner anymore.—Julie Van Rosendaal

  • By Best of Bridge
  • December 17, 2015
  • Yield: Serves 8


1 loaf crust or grainy bread, thinly sliced

16 slices Canadian back bacon or less of thinly sliced ham

1-2 cups grated aged cheddar or Gouda

6 large eggs

1/2 tsp each salt and pepper

1 tsp grainy mustard

1/4 cup minced or grated onion

1/4 cup finely chopped red, yellow or green pepper

1 tsp Worcestershire sauce

3 cups whole milk

dash Tabasco

1/3 cup butter

crushed cornflakes


Layer half the bread slices in the bottom of a buttered 9×13-inch or similarly sized baking dish, covering it entirely. Layer with bacon or ham and scatter cheese on top, then cover with remaining slices of bread to make it like a sandwich. 

In a medium bowl, beat the eggs with the salt and pepper, mustard, onion, red pepper, Worcestershire sauce, milk and Tabasco. Pour over the sandwiches, cover and let stand in the fridge overnight.

In the morning, preheat the oven to 350˚F. Melt the butter and pour over the casserole, then cover with roughly crushed cornflakes. Bake, uncovered, for 45 minutes to an hour; let sit 10 minutes before serving.

Serve with fresh fruit and warm cinnamon rolls.

Serves 8.

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