Strata Anytime Casserole

Inexpensive casserole that makes four servings that is quick and easy to make. The sausage strata is made from day old bread, milk, eggs, sausage, cheddar cheese and onion.  It is actually a savory bread pudding that doesn’t require to be refrigerated before baking.  This is a small casserole that can be quickly put together and bakes in 35 minutes. The recipe is basic and has room for using items that is on hand to upgrade the casserole.

Strata is the perfect answer as to how to use up day old bread.   This dish is one of the go to uses for this bread.  Depending on what I have on hand the recipe can take on various flavors.  For breakfast you can use sausage, bacon, or ham with cheese that you have on hand. Then you can add other ingredients that you would use for a omelet.  For lunch or dinner you can use left over meat, vegetables and cheese that you have on hand. You don’t have to limit the choice to spinach, broccoli, and asparagus.

Strata Anytime Casserole

  • Servings: 4 servings
  • Difficulty: easy
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Basic Ingredients:

  • 1/2 pound ground sausage
  • 1/4 cup chopped onion
  • 8 slices bread cubed
  • 5 eggs
  • 2 cups milk
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon pepper
  • 1 teaspoon prepared mustard
  • 1 teaspoon parsley
  • 1 cup shredded cheddar cheese

Directions:

Preheat oven 350 degrees.  Prepare 5 inch x 7 inch glass casserole dish or small casserole that holds 3 cups with vegetable spray.  If using artisan bread, measure the amount of cubes in the casserole in a heaping pile first before spraying.

In a small skillet brown sausage and onion.  In a mixing bowl beat eggs, milk, prepared mustard, parsley, salt and pepper.  Add bread and stir until all the liquid is absorbed.  Layer mixture with sausage and cheese, ending with cheese on top.  Cover with aluminum foil or casserole lid.

Bake at 350 degrees for 35 minutes until a knife comes out clean in the center.  Remove the foil for the last 5 minutes to brown the top. Serve warm.

26 Comments Add yours

  1. I absolutely love strata. So versatile! It freezes well so I can have a piece any time.

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    1. trkingmomoe says:

      When you freeze it, do you bake it first? I was wondering about that while I was making this. I have extra bread and thought about freezing this casserole. Thanks for your comment.

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      1. Yes I fully bake it. When I microwave it frozen I cut it up further so it equally reheats. It’s great freezing, you can always use up extra bread, meats, vegetables, etc.

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        1. trkingmomoe says:

          I just took one out of the oven to freeze. I used ham this time that was left over a while ago from my freezer. I also put some frozen broccoli in it. When it cools I will take it out of the foil lined dish and wrap to freeze.

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          1. You might want to freeze them in single portions. Sounds good though!

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      2. I meant to also suggest using extra bread for stuffing muffins. I make stuffing and bake it individually in muffin tins. They freeze great and are so handy to pop into the microwave to heat to eat with a chicken dinner. I don’t often wat to take the time to make it each time and the boxed stuffing is so super salty!

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        1. trkingmomoe says:

          I agree about the super salty boxed stuffing. I have a small whole chicken thawing out that I took out of the freezer tonight. It was a quick sale item from this summer. I bought three of them because they were under $4 each, I put them in my freezer. I plan to make stuffing. I will make extra and put that in muffin cups. Thanks for the tip. I just finished cutting up a loaf of garlic-black olive bread for croutons. The bread was very dense and will make great croutons. I froze them and will pull out what I need for salad and then toast them in butter and oil for fresh croutons. I was given more bread than I needed at the last food pantry day. My local Walmart has had eggs for $.60 a dozen and milk a $1.49 a gallon. I have been taking advantage of that also. French toast is the next thing on my list to do tonight or should I say this morning. Thanks so much for you tips. I enjoy your blog.

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  2. I love recipes like this, and yes they are a great way to clean out the fridge and pantry! I have a similar one I’ve been enjoying this week made with biscuits that I will be posting soon too. Happy cooking!
    Jenna

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    1. trkingmomoe says:

      Will be looking forward to your recipe. Thanks for stopping in.

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  3. Waiting for a bit colder weather for such dishes. Looks delicious!

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    1. trkingmomoe says:

      It is hot here most of the year. I do my baking at night. Will be doing some tonight. Thanks for taking time to comment.

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      1. That’s a good idea! 🙂

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  4. This looks amazing! Nice job!

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  5. dawn says:

    Thanks for sharing. And right when I needed it!

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    1. trkingmomoe says:

      Thank you for your comment. Just add your favorite ingredients you love for breakfast.

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    1. trkingmomoe says:

      Thanks for stopping in.

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  6. mmmmmmm – great idea to make for my house guests coming at the end of Sept!

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    1. trkingmomoe says:

      Just toss in your favorite ingredients the night before and bake in the morning for breakfast or make for a quick brunch. Thanks for your comment.

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  7. Great post! Don’t know how I missed it, when you first posted it.

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    1. trkingmomoe says:

      I miss posts also. I get busy and get behind with my blog and people I like to follow. That is what is going on with me right now. I am trying to catch up and also research some good cookie recipes. Thank you for stopping in and reading the post.

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