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Sausage strata recipe in a baking dish with a scoop out.

Sausage Strata

Teri & Jenny
A rich and delicious Sausage Strata that everyone will love! This easy recipe is perfect makes enough to feed a crowd and can be made the night before, for a simple wake and bake breakfast or brunch the next day!
5 from 8 votes
Prep Time 30 mins
Cook Time 50 mins
Total Time 1 hr 20 mins
Course Breakfast, brunch
Cuisine American
Servings 10
Calories 846 kcal

Ingredients
 
 

  • 4 tablespoons neutral oil, divided
  • 16 ounces breakfast sausage
  • ½ diced yellow onion
  • 2 minced garlic cloves
  • 4 ounces baby spinach
  • 8 large eggs
  • 1 1/2 cups heavy cream
  • 4 tablespoons unsalted butter, softened and divided
  • 22 ounces Italian loaf, torn into pieces
  • 8 ounces shredded white cheddar cheese
  • 2 sliced green onions, divided
  • salt and pepper to taste

Instructions
 

  • Place a large skillet over medium heat. Add oil and brown sausage, breaking it up as it cooks, about 3 to 4 minutes. Transfer sausage to bowl and set aside.
    Cooking breakfast sausage in a skillet.
  • Add remaining oil to skillet and sauté onion and garlic for 2 to 3 minutes. Season with salt and pepper.
    Onions and garlic cooking in a skillet.
  • Add spinach and continue to sauté until spinach wilts, 2 minutes.
    Spinach, onions and garlic in a skillet.
  • Pour onion mixture into bowl with sausage and set aside.
    Sausage and spinach and other ingredients for the filling of a strata.
  • Grease 9"x13" baking dish with 2 tablespoons butter.
    A greased baking dish.
  • In a liquid measuring cup whisk together eggs and cream until completely combined. Generously season with salt and pepper.
    Eggs and cream whisked together in a bowl.
  • Add half bread pieces into the bottom of the baking dish in an even layer. Top with half the sausage, spinach and onion mixture. Pour half the egg and cream mixture over strata and sprinkle with half shredded cheese.
    Process of layering the sausage strata recipe in a baking dish.
  • Repeat previous step until everything has been used and baking dish is full. Top dish with half green onions.
    A completed sausage strata recipe in a baking dish ready to be baked.
  • Tightly cover strata with foil and refrigerate overnight (or at least one hour).
    Sausage strata wrapped in foil to be baked.
  • Preheat oven to 375˚F. Bake covered strata in oven for 30 minutes. Uncover and continue to bake for an additional 15 to 20 minutes or until the top has browned and slightly crisped at the edges and the center has just set.
    Preheating oven.
  • Cool strata for 10 to 15 minutes, top with remaining green onion and serve.
    Baked sausage strata in a dish.

Notes

Tips and Tricks for Strata Success

  • We recommend using a hardier bread like sour dough or a crusty Italian loaf. Since the strata sits overnight, you want to use a hearty bread so the casserole maintains some body and bite to it. If using a softer bread like brioche, only allow the strata to sit for up to 3 hours in the refrigerator to avoid a soggy final product.
  • Whole milk can be used instead of cream, but it should be whole milk. Anything less than will produce too much water while baking and may cause the strata to be soggy with excess liquid pooled at the bottom.
  • Stick to great melting cheeses to help meld everything together. The options we listed above all melt very well.

Make Ahead and Freezing Our Strata Recipe

Make Ahead

Our recipe can be (and is encouraged) to be made the night before, tightly covered with foil and refrigerated. This allows the egg and cream mixture to soak into the bread, so when it bakes you end up with soft, custard-like pieces of bread loaded with flavor. This also makes this dish perfect for holidays, overnight guests and busy brunches.

Freezing

A whole strata can be frozen, after it's baked. Just allow the strata to cool completely. Tightly cover with 2 layers of foil, completely wrapping the dish and place in the freezer for up to 2 months. When ready to serve, remove one layer of foil and bake (covered and frozen) for 30 minutes. Uncover and continue to bake for an additional 15 minutes or until the strata has heated through.
Leftovers can be frozen in individual portions, wrapped in foil and then stored in an airtight container for up to 2 months. When ready to serve, leftover portions can be unwrapped, placed onto a microwave safe plate, covered with a damp paper towel and heated for 3 to 5 minutes (depending on the strength of your microwave).

Nutrition

Calories: 846kcalCarbohydrates: 35gProtein: 23gFat: 68gSaturated Fat: 38gTrans Fat: 1gCholesterol: 248mgSodium: 735mgPotassium: 427mgFiber: 3gSugar: 20gVitamin A: 2204IUVitamin C: 5mgCalcium: 227mgIron: 3mg
Keyword breakfast casserole, sausage strata, strata
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