Breakfast Strata


My grandmother makes this every Christmas morning, and it's amazing. My husband hates eggs and he always has seconds, even my 1- and 2-year-old gobble this up. Perfect for breakfast, lunch, or dinner! Ingredients are forgiving; add your favorites or spice it up. Just make sure your veggies are not going to water it down.

Prep Time:
20 mins
Cook Time:
1 hrs 15 mins
Additional Time:
2 hrs
Total Time:
3 hrs 35 mins
8 servings


  • 1 pound sausage, casings removed

  • 2 cups sliced fresh mushrooms

  • 8 eggs, beaten

  • 10 cups cubed, day-old bread

  • 3 cups whole milk

  • 2 cups shredded Cheddar cheese

  • 1 ½ cups cubed Black Forest ham

  • 1 (10 ounce) package frozen chopped spinach, thawed and drained

  • 2 tablespoons all-purpose flour

  • 2 tablespoons mustard powder

  • 1 teaspoon salt

  • 2 teaspoons butter, melted

  • 2 teaspoons dried basil


  1. Generously grease a 9x13-inch casserole dish.

  2. Heat a skillet over medium heat; cook and stir sausage until crumbly and completely browned, about 10 minutes. Transfer cooked sausage to the prepared casserole dish.

  3. Cook and stir mushrooms in the same skillet over medium heat until liquid has been released and mushrooms are lightly browned, 5 to 10 minutes; drain.

  4. Mix mushrooms, eggs, bread, milk, Cheddar cheese, ham, spinach, flour, mustard powder, salt, butter, and basil together in a large bowl; pour over sausage. Cover casserole dish and refrigerate, 2 hours to overnight.

  5. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C).

  6. Bake in the preheated oven until a knife inserted into the center of the strata comes out clean, 60 to 70 minutes.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

600 Calories
37g Fat
32g Carbs
34g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 8
Calories 600
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 37g 48%
Saturated Fat 16g 81%
Cholesterol 256mg 85%
Sodium 1738mg 76%
Total Carbohydrate 32g 12%
Dietary Fiber 3g 9%
Total Sugars 7g
Protein 34g
Vitamin C 13mg 63%
Calcium 458mg 35%
Iron 5mg 25%
Potassium 560mg 12%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

** Nutrient information is not available for all ingredients. Amount is based on available nutrient data.

(-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a medically restrictive diet, please consult your doctor or registered dietitian before preparing this recipe for personal consumption.

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