Breakfast Strata

Description: An amazingly savory dish perfect for meal prepping breakfast or serving a crowd for brunch. This dish features soft bread baked with eggs, cheese, sausage, and bacon.

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Ingredients

  • one French bread loaf (can replaced by another soft loaf of bread)
  • one pound bulk pork sausage
  • 8 bacon strips
  • one medium yellow onion, diced
  • two tablespoons butter
  • 12 large eggs
  • two cups milk
  • two cups shredded cheese (cheddar, Colby jack, or whatever you like)
  • one teaspoon dried thyme
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried sage
  • salt and pepper to taste
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  2. Cut loaf of bread into one inch cubes and set aside. Chop onion into a small dice.
  3. Melt the two tablespoons of butter into a pan over medium heat. Once melted and slightly frothy, add the diced onion and cook until translucent (about 7 minutes).  Turn down the heat if the onion starts to brown too quickly.
  4. While onion is cooking, begin cooking the bacon in two rounds to avoid overcrowding.  Cook, flipping halfway through, until the bacon is crispy but not burnt. Once bacon is cooked, place on a plate lined with a paper towel to drain the grease.
  5. Meanwhile, once onion has browned, add the sausage and cook until browned, breaking down the sausage as it cooks. Season meat with one teaspoon dried thyme, 1/2 teaspoon of ground sage, plus salt and pepper to taste. Once the meat is browned, turn off heat and allow to cool for a minute.
  6. Once cooled, roughly chop the cooked bacon strips. Mix the bacon in with the sausage and onion mixture.
  7. Grease a 9 x 13 inch casserole dish. Layer half of the bread cubes in the pan and then top with half of the meat mixture.  Sprinkle just under half of the shredded cheese on top.  Repeat with the second layer, reserving some extra cheese for the top of the casserole.
  8. In a large bowl whisk together eggs and milk until yolks completely blended and mixture is smooth. Carefully pour the egg mixture over the bread, meat, and cheese. The whole mixture should fit in the dish, but be careful to not overfill.  Sprinkle remaining cheese over top.
  9. Bake casserole for 45 minutes. If browning too quickly, cover casserole dish with foil.  Allow to cool for 10-15 minutes before serving.
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