This easy overnight breakfast strata is perfect for holiday mornings. When time is tight and a special breakfast is in order, this fits the bill on both counts. Add sausage for the meat-eaters and for the vegetarians, you can leave it out or substitute veggie sausage. It's delicious either way.
Yield: 4-6 servings
1/2cupchopped green pepper
3/4cupwhite button mushrooms
2cupshalf and half
Fresh ground pepper
8sliceswhite breadcrusts removed
2cupsshredded cheddar cheeseI use medium
For the meat half, if making:
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.