Part dessert, part breakfast, this entirely enjoyable one-pan strata (the Italian version of bread pudding) is a lovely way to feed a crowd for a special occasion. If you’re short on time, you can use purchased caramel sauce. Just be sure so add the salt to taste.
Make-ahead notes: Assemble the strata through step 3 up to 1 day ahead and refrigerate; bake an additional 10 minutes. Or, make it through step 4, wrap well, and freeze up to 1 month. Cover with foil and bake while frozen until hot in the center, about 1 1/2 hours.