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
- 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
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.