This strata is really easy to make. Put it together the day before, then just remove from the refrigerator and bake. Ham or bacon can be substituted for the sausage. Sometimes I add cooked chopped broccoli for a change of pace.

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Ingredients

8
Original recipe yields 8 servings
The ingredient list now reflects the servings specified
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Directions

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  • Place sausage in a large, deep skillet. Cook over medium-high heat until evenly brown. Drain, and set aside.

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  • Layer bread cubes, sausage, and Cheddar cheese in a lightly greased 7x11 inch baking dish. In a bowl, beat together the eggs, milk, salt, and mustard. Pour the egg mixture over the bread cube mixture. Cover, and refrigerate at least 8 hours or overnight.

  • Remove the casserole from the refrigerator 30 minutes before baking. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C).

  • Bake 50 to 60 minutes in the preheated oven, or until a knife inserted in the center comes out clean. Let stand 10 minutes before serving.

Partner Tip

Reynolds® Aluminum foil can be used to keep food moist, cook it evenly, and make clean-up easier.

Nutrition Facts

401 calories; 27.3 g total fat; 207 mg cholesterol; 1195 mg sodium. 14.8 g carbohydrates; 23.2 g protein; Full Nutrition

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Most helpful positive review

Rating: 5 stars
05/04/2009
09/05: Love love love this recipe! It was so eay to make even when I had to change it to accomodate 100 people! I made several: a few following the recipe exactly; a few with ham and swiss cheese; a few with sausage caramelized onions and mushrooms; and one with spinach and the caramelized mushrooms and onions. I made them all ahead of time and let them sit in my refrigerator (always helps to have a second one!) and although transporting them wasn't easy cooking them was! I had to extend the time in a commercial oven because of the number I had but other than that they were a hit! I cooked up some sausage links on the side and also had a tray of caramelized onions and mushrooms if people wanted any on the side. For something quick hot and tasty -- you cannot go wrong with this recipe! 5/3/09: If at possible I think I might have even improved on this recipe a family favorite at our house. I was making this last night and discovered I was short on eggs. What to do? I searched fridge and found ricotta cheese. Followed the recipe exactly using Jimmy Dean Hot & Spicy sausage some rosemary foccacia bread that had started to get a little stale which I cubed 4 eggs and 1/2 cup of the ricotta cheese. Everything else was the same. I let it sit overnight in the fridge and cooked it in the morning. A total hit and my husband said he couldn't believe how creamy it was. Nice change but true to the original. Read More
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Most helpful critical review

Rating: 3 stars
12/26/2005
Really easy to make and tasted great but I thought it was a tad salty - not sure if it depends on the sausage you use or if it always tastes like this. My husband loved it and didn't mind the salty flavor at all. Read More
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529 Ratings
  • 5 star values: 356
  • 4 star values: 129
  • 3 star values: 31
  • 2 star values: 9
  • 1 star values: 4
Rating: 5 stars
05/04/2009
09/05: Love love love this recipe! It was so eay to make even when I had to change it to accomodate 100 people! I made several: a few following the recipe exactly; a few with ham and swiss cheese; a few with sausage caramelized onions and mushrooms; and one with spinach and the caramelized mushrooms and onions. I made them all ahead of time and let them sit in my refrigerator (always helps to have a second one!) and although transporting them wasn't easy cooking them was! I had to extend the time in a commercial oven because of the number I had but other than that they were a hit! I cooked up some sausage links on the side and also had a tray of caramelized onions and mushrooms if people wanted any on the side. For something quick hot and tasty -- you cannot go wrong with this recipe! 5/3/09: If at possible I think I might have even improved on this recipe a family favorite at our house. I was making this last night and discovered I was short on eggs. What to do? I searched fridge and found ricotta cheese. Followed the recipe exactly using Jimmy Dean Hot & Spicy sausage some rosemary foccacia bread that had started to get a little stale which I cubed 4 eggs and 1/2 cup of the ricotta cheese. Everything else was the same. I let it sit overnight in the fridge and cooked it in the morning. A total hit and my husband said he couldn't believe how creamy it was. Nice change but true to the original. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
05/04/2009
09/05: Love love love this recipe! It was so eay to make even when I had to change it to accomodate 100 people! I made several: a few following the recipe exactly; a few with ham and swiss cheese; a few with sausage caramelized onions and mushrooms; and one with spinach and the caramelized mushrooms and onions. I made them all ahead of time and let them sit in my refrigerator (always helps to have a second one!) and although transporting them wasn't easy cooking them was! I had to extend the time in a commercial oven because of the number I had but other than that they were a hit! I cooked up some sausage links on the side and also had a tray of caramelized onions and mushrooms if people wanted any on the side. For something quick hot and tasty -- you cannot go wrong with this recipe! 5/3/09: If at possible I think I might have even improved on this recipe a family favorite at our house. I was making this last night and discovered I was short on eggs. What to do? I searched fridge and found ricotta cheese. Followed the recipe exactly using Jimmy Dean Hot & Spicy sausage some rosemary foccacia bread that had started to get a little stale which I cubed 4 eggs and 1/2 cup of the ricotta cheese. Everything else was the same. I let it sit overnight in the fridge and cooked it in the morning. A total hit and my husband said he couldn't believe how creamy it was. Nice change but true to the original. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
02/25/2006
This was VERY easy and very good. I used the basic recipe however I made a few changes. Instead of Italian sausage I used Pepper Jack Turkey sausage that I chopped. I also used pre sliced French bread (it was not thick sliced) and didn't cube it. I lined a 9x13 dish w/the bread, topped w/the chopped sausage and sauteed green onions and 1/2 of the egg mix then another layer of bread and finished w/the rest of the egg mix and topped with cheese. The slices gave it a very pretty, uniform look and it ended up being like a stuffed, savory french toast - YUM! It was all gone but one piece that I ate later! I can recommend this recipe. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
01/05/2006
Wonderful morning comfort food! Made two versions for Christmas morning... sausage & chedder and ham & swiss. The ham/swiss was the overwhelming favorite! The sausage & cheddar was good but tasted a lot like pizza. Only modification I made to the recipe was using slightly more bread (husband's preference). Making it again tomorrow this time with bacon & a mix of cheddar & jack cheeses since that's what I have on hand. Easy way to use up day-old bread. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
12/19/2005
I wanted to make this breakfast dish because I fondly remember one of my friends' mothers making it --this recipe did not disappoint. I made it exactly as the recipe was written and did not find that it was too salty or runny as some reviewers reported. It was exactly what I hoped for: a very filling comforting dish. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
01/02/2006
we made this recipe for a New Year's treat and a treat it was! followed the recipe as was EXCEPT instead of the bread slices cubed...we used Marzetti Garlic & Butter flavored Caesar Croutons & it was delicious! this is definitely a keeper and oh so easy! the other difference; we used an 8 x 8 baking dish instead of the 7 x 11...was perfect! Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
01/07/2006
Very good. I suggest adding sauteed onions subbing seasoning salt for salt adding pepper. Also hubby likes the addition of mushrooms and peppers. To accomplish that I split the mixture up to two 8x8 pans. Thank you. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
01/02/2006
Very easy and delicious recipe. I used whole slices of bread instead of cubing them and substituted turkey ham. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
02/12/2006
Great recipe. Can substitute with bacon and add spinach for a little different taste. Read More
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Rating: 3 stars
12/26/2005
Really easy to make and tasted great but I thought it was a tad salty - not sure if it depends on the sausage you use or if it always tastes like this. My husband loved it and didn't mind the salty flavor at all. Read More
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