Breakfast Strata

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Make this easy egg and sausage strata the night before and wake up to a leisurely breakfast on Christmas morning. Pop it in the oven, while everyone’s opening presents and you’ll have something left to tuck into once all the gifts are unwrapped.

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Serves: 4 - 6



1 lb. Sausage meat, any kind
1 onion, chopped
1 loaf egg or other hearty bread, sliced (day old is fine)
4 cups shredded cheese, any kind (a mixture is fine)
5 eggs, beaten
3 cups milk
1 T. Dijon mustard
1 tsp salt
½ tsp ground cayenne pepper
2 medium tomatoes, sliced (optional)
1/3 cup grated Parmesan cheese


Cooking instructions:

1.Grease a 9x13 “ baking dish.
2.Remove sausage meat from the casing into a skillet. Add onions and cook over medium heat, stirring until the sausage is lightly browned and the onions are softened. Set aside.
3.Place a layer of bread slices into the prepared baking dish, cutting them so they cover the bottom completely. Sprinkle with half the cooked sausage mixture, then one-third of the shredded cheese. Now add a second layer of bread slices, the remaining sausage mixture, and another one-third of the shredded cheese. Finally, add a third layer of bread and all the remaining cheese.
4.In a bowl, beat together the eggs, milk, mustard, salt and cayenne pepper. Pour over the layers in the baking dish and cover with plastic wrap. Refrigerate for at least 6 hours or overnight.
5.When you’re ready to cook, remove the plastic, arrange the tomato slices (optional) on top and sprinkle with the Parmesan cheese. Bake at 350 F. for 50 – 60 minutes, until puffed in the middle and a knife poked into it comes out clean.
Servings: 4 – 6.

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