Sausage Strata

Bread soaked in eggs and cheese

Bread soaked in eggs and cheese

The great thing about this strata is it can be made the night before and then placed in the oven for breakfast or brunch the next day. It can also work well for dinner.

Sausage Tomato Strata

  • 1 loaf of day-old ciabatta, baguette or French bread
  • 6 Roma tomatoes diced medium
  • 1 Anaheim pepper diced fine
  • 4 cloves garlic minced
  • 8 leaves basil cut into ribbons
  • 2 Italian sausage casings removed
  • 2 cups mushrooms quartered
  • 1 cup shredded mozzarella cheese
  • 5 eggs
  • 3 cups buttermilk or milk
  • Salt/pepper

Slice bread into 1/2″ slices. (Cubes also work.) Grease a 9″ baking dish and create a layer of bread that covers the bottom and sides of pan. In a large frying pan heat 1 tbsp butter and saute mushrooms until browned. Add garlic, pepper, basil and sausage and brown breaking meat into small bits. Remove from heat and add tomatoes. Stir well using juice from tomatoes to loosen any bits stuck to the pan. Spread meat mixture evenly over the bread. Take remaining slices of bread and wedge into filling at an angle creating a top layer of bread that stands at a 45 degree angle. Sprinkle cheese over top of bread. Beat eggs and buttermilk together and season with salt and pepper. Pour batter over bread evenly and let soak for at least an hour, or overnight in the refrigerator for best results. Bake in a 365 degree oven until custard is set and bread is browned, about 30 minutes.


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This blog attempts to collect some of the things I try to create with food and booze. Sometimes I succeed and sometimes I fail. My hope is to entertain and maybe help people think a little harder about what they decide to eat and drink.
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11 Responses to Sausage Strata

  1. I’ve never seen a breakfast casserole made with bread slices, only biscuits. Easy twist!

  2. TasteFood says:

    That looks fantastic.

  3. Cecile says:

    I’ve occasionally made a breakfast casserole but this recipe “kicks it up a notch”!! Yummy!!

  4. ChgoJohn says:

    Excellent dish, Greg. Being able to assemble it the night before makes it so much more accessible for people like me. I’m not at all a morning person but I could manage to stick a dish into the oven — after a cup of coffee, of course.

  5. sallybr says:

    That would be great to wake up guests on a Sunday morning! Love the advance preparation….

    (sorry for not being around, I am just coming back from a trip with very limited internet connections)

  6. Gorgeous – perfect for when you have company staying for breakfast!

  7. I would make this for a Sunday brunch for fall. Yum!

  8. I LOVE dishes like this. I once met an older lady who used to refer to this as a “wife saver” as it saved the wife work in the morning. Not politically correct, I know, but it made me smile.. 🙂

  9. Raymund says:

    This is really nice for brekkie

  10. I just put a strata together for the morning/yours looks beautiful!

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