Starring a pumpkin-infused custard scented with nutmeg and herbs and balanced by salty sharp cheddar cheese, this cozy, make-ahead strata is built for fall. It will shine as a main or side on your Thanksgiving Day table or any other point over the busy holiday weekend—and beyond. For best results, prepare it the day before, giving the bread time to soak up all of the flavorful custard. If you are enjoying it the same day, let it rest for at least an hour before baking. Any leftovers can be warmed in a skillet and served with a fried egg.
One note about technique: Make sure to allow some of the big, torn pieces of bread peek out from the custard on top so it can become a golden, crunchy counterpoint to the soft, pudding-like interior.