Jul 10, 2009

Egg & Sausage Strata

This is a casserole that has serious sentimental value. My Aunt Jacque would make this every Thanksgiving and/or Christmas when we would travel to Chicago. I can remember waking up to the smell of this and being so excited. It was the only time of year that we had this.

It's very simple, but it never fails to please. I don't know that this is her exact recipe, but it's very close and brings back all of my fond memories, so it works for me!

This needs to sit overnight, so make sure you have time for that.




Egg & Sausage Strata
serves 6-8

Ingredients
5 English muffins, split
1 lb. breakfast sausage, maple flavored
8 eggs
3/4 c. half & half
1/2 c. extra sharp cheddar, shredded
1/2 c. white cheddar, shredded
(Any combination of cheese will work. Use what you have. Use more or less if you want, too!)

Directions
1. Cook sausage in a large skillet until browned and cooked through. Drain and set aside.
2. Meanwhile, butter a large casserole dish and lay split English muffins in the bottom. Cover the entire bottom and fill in gaps with torn pieces.
3. Layer cooked sausage on top of the English muffins.
4. Beats eggs in a large bowl and add half & half. Pour over sausage layer.
5. Top with cheese.
6. Cover and refrigerate overnight.
7. When ready to cook, preheat oven to 375 and bake from 30-45 minutes, until eggs are set and cheese is bubbly.

Enjoy!


1 comment:

Cathy said...

If you do this with white bread instead of english muffins, it puffs up like a souffle, and is just as yummy. I have tried it with all kinds of leftover bread over the years. And I didn't know it was called a Strata until my daughter was nearly 30.

I learned a similar recipe in Girl Scout Leader camping training they called Breakfast Pizza, and the only difference was the white bread instead of muffins, and they used regular sausage and pepperoni. We tried it with all kinds of breads & toppings over the years, and my family preferred it with Italian sausage, onions and mushrooms or bacon, spinach and onions for the toppings, so that is what I made at home for holiday breakfasts and the first day of school. They were so easy, and everyone loved them. The only thing everyone universally agreed on (family & scouts alike) was to never, ever use tomato sauce of any kind on it,. One of my Kaper Chart groups (chore groups within the troop) got real brave and tried to make it like real pizza. It got a universal yuck. Even our dog wouldn't eat it. And since my husband was one of my co-leaders, and my kids had to go with us when we went camping, we all knew not to try that one at home.

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