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Sunday Sausage Strata

Spring 2004, The Essential EatingWell Cookbook (2004)

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The "strata" in this classic casserole are layers of bread, cheese and sausage baked in an egg-rich pudding.



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"One whole small loaf of crusty country wheat or ciabatta bread works best to soak up the egg/milk mixture without getting soggy. I tear the bread up by hand creating a uniform bottom layer. I tried toasting the bread cubes prior but it...
Sunday Sausage Strata

Makes: 12 servings

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Ingredients

  • 1/2 pound turkey breakfast sausage, (four 2-ounce links), casing removed
  • 2 medium onions, chopped (2 cups)
  • 1 medium red bell pepper, seeded and diced (1 1/2 cups)
  • 12 large eggs
  • 4 cups 1% milk
  • 1 teaspoon salt, or to taste
  • Freshly ground pepper, to taste
  • 6 cups cubed, whole-wheat country bread, (about 7 slices, crusts removed)
  • 1 tablespoon Dijon mustard
  • 1 1/2 cups grated Swiss cheese, (4 ounces)

Preparation

  1. Coat a 9-by-13-inch baking dish (or similar shallow 3-quart baking dish) with cooking spray.
  2. Cook sausage in a large nonstick skillet over medium heat, crumbling with a wooden spoon, until lightly browned, 3 to 4 minutes. Transfer to a plate lined with paper towels to drain. Add onions and bell pepper to the pan and cook, stirring often, until softened, 3 to 4 minutes.
  3. Whisk eggs, milk, salt and pepper in a large bowl until blended.
  4. Spread bread in the prepared baking dish. Scatter the sausage and the onion mixture evenly over the bread. Brush with mustard. Sprinkle with cheese. Pour in the egg mixture. Cover with plastic wrap and refrigerate for at least 2 hours or overnight.
  5. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Bake the strata, uncovered, until puffed, lightly browned and set in the center, 55 to 65 minutes. Let cool for about 5 minutes before serving hot.

Tips & Notes

  • Make Ahead Tip: Prepare through Step 4 the night before serving.

Nutrition

Per serving: 255 calories; 13 g fat (45 g sat, 4 g mono); 229 mg cholesterol; 19 g carbohydrates; 17 g protein; 2 g fiber; 513 mg sodium; 380 mg potassium.

Nutrition Bonus: Vitamin C (72% daily value), Calcium (23% dv).

Carbohydrate Servings: 1

Exchanges: 2/3 starch, 1/3 milk, 1/2 vegetable, 1 very lean protein, 1 1/3 medium-fat protein


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