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Easy Breakfast Strata

We start this breakfast casserole the night before so it's ready for the oven the next day. That way, we don't have to deal with the prep and dirty dishes first thing in the morning! —Debbie Johnson, Centertown, Missouri
  • Total Time
    Prep: 25 min. + chilling Bake: 30 min.
  • Makes
    12 servings

Ingredients

  • 1 loaf (1 pound) herb or cheese bakery bread, cubed
  • 1 pound bulk pork sausage
  • 1 medium green pepper, chopped
  • 1 medium onion, chopped
  • 1 cup shredded cheddar cheese
  • 6 large eggs
  • 1 teaspoon ground mustard
  • 2 cups 2% milk

Directions

  • Place bread cubes in a greased 13x9-in. baking dish. In a large skillet, cook and crumble sausage with pepper and onion over medium-high heat until no longer pink, 5-7 minutes. With a slotted spoon, place sausage mixture over bread. Sprinkle with cheese.
  • In a large bowl, whisk together eggs, mustard and milk; pour over top. Refrigerate, covered, overnight.
  • Preheat oven to 350°. Remove strata from refrigerator while oven heats.
  • Bake, uncovered, until a knife inserted in center comes out clean, 30-35 minutes. Let stand 5 minutes before cutting.
    Freeze option: Cover and freeze unbaked casserole. To use, partially thaw in refrigerator overnight. Remove from refrigerator 30 minutes before baking. Preheat oven to 350°. Bake casserole as directed, increasing time as necessary to heat through and for a thermometer inserted in center to read 165°.
Health Tip: Mix and match your way to a lighter, healthier version: Use whole grain bread, reduced-fat sausage and fat-free milk.
Nutrition Facts
1 piece: 295 calories, 16g fat (6g saturated fat), 126mg cholesterol, 555mg sodium, 23g carbohydrate (4g sugars, 2g fiber), 14g protein.

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