Savory Breakfast Strata

The Perfect New Year’s Day Breakfast

When it comes to holidays, we go on and on about the main course, the appetizers, the cookies and, of course, the drinks. But, don’t forget breakfast. This simple and amazingly delicious breakfast strata is easy to put together and needs to be made in advance, so it is perfect for those mornings that you will not want to be stuck in the kitchen. It is a staple in our homes for Christmas morning and of course, New Year’s Day. It is also a great make ahead crowd pleaser for office parties or book club breakfast meetings. Enjoy.

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Savory Breakfast Strata

Ingredients:
5+ cups day old bread, cut into cubes
1 package ground sausage, browned and crumbles. (Maple or Sage flavored is great)
1/2 cup sun dried tomatoes packed in oil, oil reserved
1/2 cup, or one small onion finely chopped
2 tablespoons fresh chopped rosemary
8 ounces shredded Monterey Jack cheese, finely shredded
12 large eggs
1 1/2 cups milk
1 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon fresh ground pepper
1 teaspoon dry ground mustard
non-stick cooking spray

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Directions:
Generously spray a 9 inch by 12 inch baking dish with non-stick cooking spray.
Sprinkle bread cubes into baking dish, filling almost to the top.

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Saute sausage into fine crumbles.
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Evenly sprinkle cooked sausage crumbles on top of bread cubes.
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Pour 1 tablespoon of reserved sun-dried tomatoes into your now empty sausage pan.
Add chopped onion and saute until tender.
Add chopped sun-dried tomatoes and rosemary to pan, stirring until combined.
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Evenly spread onion mixture over sausage and bread cubes.
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Cover entire baking dish with shredded cheese.
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Whisk eggs, milk, salt, pepper, dry mustard in a large bowl until well combined.
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Pour egg mixture over the cheese layer, careful not to spill out over the edges.
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Cover and refrigerate overnight.
Uncover and bring to room temperature.
Spray a large piece of foil with non-stick cooking spray and cover casserole tightly.
Pre-heat oven to 350 degrees F.
Bake covered for 30-45 minutes, or until bubbly and oohey gooey melty, and the eggs are set.
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Cool slightly and serve.
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Enjoy.

Beth

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Savory Breakfast Strata

Yield: Breakfast for 12-14

Prep Time: 30-45 minutes

Cook Time: 30-45 minutes

Ingredients:

5+ cups day old bread, cut into cubes
1 package ground sausage, browned and crumbles. (Maple or Sage flavored is great)
1/2 cup sun dried tomatoes packed in oil, oil reserved
1/2 cup, or one small onion finely chopped
2 tablespoons fresh chopped rosemary
8 ounces shredded Monterey Jack cheese, finely shredded
12 large eggs
1 1/2 cups milk
1 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon fresh ground pepper
1 teaspoon dry ground mustard
non-stick cooking spray

Directions:

Generously spray a 9 inch by 12 inch baking dish with non-stick cooking spray.
Sprinkle bread cubes into baking dish, filling almost to the top.

Saute sausage into fine crumbles.
Evenly sprinkle cooked sausage crumbles on top of bread cubes.

Pour 1 tablespoon of reserved sun-dried tomatoes into your now empty sausage pan.
Add chopped onion and saute until tender.
Add chopped sun-dried tomatoes and rosemary to pan, stirring until combined.
Evenly spread onion mixture over sausage and bread cubes.

Cover entire baking dish with shredded cheese.

Whisk eggs, milk, salt, pepper, dry mustard in a large bowl until well combined.
Pour egg mixture over the cheese layer, careful not to spill out over the edges.

Cover and refrigerate overnight.

Uncover and bring to room temperature.
Spray a large piece of foil with non-stick cooking spray and cover casserole tightly.

Pre-heat oven to 350 degrees F.
Bake covered for 30-45 minutes, or until bubbly and oohey gooey melty, and the eggs are set.

Cool slightly and serve.

Enjoy.

Beth

Elizabeth Montgomery James

After living in California for several years, Beth and her husband, Rod, relocated to Florida, to live, work, and play. They have two adorable daughters, and Beth is very involved with her children’s schools as a parent volunteer, Daisy troupe, and other community organizations such as the Junior League. Beth enjoys crafts, yoga and fitness, as well as a nice glass of Chardonnay. Beth is a graphic designer who has worked on national and international ad campaigns for top consumer brands, and now brings her talents to a variety of projects in and around Central Florida. In addition for bringing classic elegance to everything she touches, Beth has a natural talent for making everything pretty, from kids’ birthday parties to her garden.

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