Breakfast Strata

Breakfast Strata | Domesticated Academic

I learned how to make this from the family I lived with while student teaching….about a million years ago! Janet is an amazing cook and she was always dishing up warm, comforting dishes. This was no exception. She used to make this on Sunday’s so people could have some before or after church. While I didn’t attend church, I was more than happy to indulge in some of this! Topped with a little bit of NYS Maple Syrup, it was simply divine.

Breakfast Strata | Domesticated Academic

You’ll love this because it’s easy to put together and the egg custard is a great match for the hearty sausage, and melted cheese! It’s great for brunch and serves up well at a brunch or party for Easter. I suggest making this the night before and letting the bread and custard soak overnight. Trust me, it’s worth a few minutes of effort before bed time. I take it out of the fridge about a half hour before baking, but if you forget, simply put it in the oven and bake for about 10 minutes longer. No harm in either. It’s filling without being too over the top. I’ve seen a lot of recipes that incorporate potatoes, several kinds of meats, and many other variations and while delicious, some of them make me feel like a “gut bomb” landed in my stomach.

You’ll need:

  • 8-9 slices of bread (leftover rolls or any type of slightly stale bread will do)
  • 1 lb. of sausage or bacon, cooked & crumbled (for this batch, I used turkey sausage)
  • 2 cups of shredded cheese (I used ‘casserole’ blend but any will do)
  • 6 eggs
  • 2 cups milk
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • maple syrup
  1. Grease a 9×13 inch baking dish. Layer half of the torn bread in the bottom of the dish. Sprinkle half the meat and cheese evenly over the bread layer.
  2. Top with remaining bread pieces, then layer with the remaining meat and cheese.
  3. Whisk together eggs, cinnamon, and milk; pour over the entire pan. Cover with aluminum foil, and refrigerate for 12 to 24 hours.
  4. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C).
  5. Bake covered for 30 minutes, then remove foil and bake for an additional 15 minutes, or until top is evenly brown.
  6. If you have corn flakes or another type of crunchy cereal, you can crush a few handfuls and sprinkle over the top for a crunchy topping. Add them before you bake.
  7. Serve warm and top with maple syrup if desired.

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