With Christmas around the corner, looking for breakfast fare can be daunting, especially when serving a large crowd. Check out Weelicious recipe for Strata (bread pudding).

This is a foolproof recipe for a delicious breakfast strata, which is essentially a savory bread pudding. It’s perfect for a family get together because I find that everyone loves it no matter what their age. To make this vegetarian, add veggie sausage!

How to Make Holiday Brunch for a Crowd: Christmas Breakfast Strata

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Ingredients

  • 1 pound ground breakfast sausage (i used chicken apple sausage)
  • 1 red bell pepper
  • 2 cups mushrooms, sliced (i like to use cremini or white)
  • 2 teaspoonss salt, divided
  • pepper to taste
  • 1 loaf italian bread, ciabatta or baguette (crusty bread), cut into 1 inch cubes (about 8 cups of bread) *also a great way to use up day old bread
  • 1 1/2 dozen large eggs (18)
  • 1 cup whole milk
  • salt
  • 1 1/2 cups cheddar cheese, shredded
  • butter for baking the dish

Preparation

  1. 1. Cook the sausage in a saute pan over medium heat for 3 minutes, breaking it into bite size pieces. Add the mushrooms, bell peppers, 1 tsp of salt and pepper. Continue to cook for 5 minutes. Let cool.
  2. 2. Preheat oven to 375 degrees for
  3. 3. In a bowl, beat the eggs, 1 tsp salt and milk. Add the cheese and stir to combine.
  4. 4. Butter the 13×9 inch baking dish and add the bread cubes and cooled sausage mixture. Toss to combine.
  5. 5. Pour the egg mixture over the bread and sausage, pressing the bread mixture down gently to soak up some of the egg mixture.
  6. 6. Cover the dish with foil and bake for 30 minutes.
  7. 7. Uncover the dish and continue to bake an additional 20 minutes.
  8. 8. Serve.

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