I call this a Holiday Breakfast Strata because, well, it’s perfect for holidays. It’s an absolutely delicious, special dish that everyone, young and old, is sure to gobble up. And it takes next to no effort to bake up on those busy holiday mornings because you assemble it the night before.
It’s an amazing dish without the addition of sausage. Sometimes I’ll make one big meatless version in an 8″ x 8″ pan, then just cook up some bacon to serve alongside for the meat-eaters. Other times, like this one, I split the strata into two smaller casserole dishes and add sausage to the meat side. I adore Morningstar Farms’ Veggie Sausage Patties, so this time I cooked up a couple of those and added them to my veggie version as well. It was great.
Use different colored dishes to help keep track of the veggie vs. meat dishes. In our kitchen, I often use green, my favorite color, for my vegetarian version.
Holiday Breakfast Strata with Sausage (or Not)
- 1 tablespoon olive oil
- 1/2 cup chopped onion
- 1/2 cup chopped green pepper
- 3/4 cup white button mushrooms
- 6 eggs
- 2 cups half and half
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- Fresh ground pepper
- 8 slices white bread (crusts removed)
- 2 cups shredded cheddar cheese (I use medium)
For the meat half, if making:
- 1/2 pound sausage
- In a medium saute pan, heat the olive oil and saute the onion, green pepper, and mushrooms until soft, about 7-8 minutes. Set aside.
- If using sausage, brown it in a medium saute pan and drain.
- If using veggie sausage, heat it in the microwave for a minute or so and crumble.
- In a medium bowl, whisk the eggs, half and half, salt, and pepper.
- Spray two approximately 4" x 8'' baking pans/casserole dishes with non-stick cooking spray.
- Layer two slices of the bread in the bottom of each pan.
- Sprinkle 1/4 of the veggies over the bread in each pan.
- Spread half the crumbled sausage over the sausage version.
- Sprinkle on 1/4 of the cheese over each.
- Pour about 1/2 cup of the egg mixture over the top.
- Add a layer of the remaining bread, two more slices each, then veggies, then sausage over the sausage side, then cheese.
- Pour the rest of the egg mixture evenly over the top of each.
- Cover tightly and refrigerate overnight, or for at least three hours.
- In the morning, uncover and bake at 325 degrees for about 40 - 50 minutes, until set.