Breakfast strata featuring spinach, bread, eggs and Isernio's breakfast sausage

Breakfast Strata

By definition a breakfast strata is eggs, milk, cheese, and bread baked into a casserole dish. The personality comes from great fillings – and this strata featuring Isernio’s breakfast sausage brings the flavor. Assemble the casserole the night before and pop it in the oven for a great comfort food dish the next day.

A strata is the perfect entertaining fare for a weekend brunch, holiday breakfast, or a healthy lunch alternative. Think of breakfast strata as a savory bread pudding.

We recommend making this dish with crusty day-old bread, so the strata won’t be soggy. You’ll have a mix of soft and textured bites, crisp edges, pockets of melty cheese, plus lots of savory sausage. There’s something for everyone in each bite.

The great thing about this breakfast strata recipe is that it can be assembled the day before, allowing you to concentrate on other tasks for your breakfast or lunch the next day. Versatile, easy to make, and delicious with its pillowy moist texture. This dish will be a favorite on the table.

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  1. Grease a 9x13 baking dish with nonstick cooking spray.
  2. In a large skillet, brown the sausage over medium heat, breaking it into small pieces with a wooden spoon, cooking over medium heat until it is fully cooked and no longer pink, 6-8 minutes. Transfer sausage with a slotted spoon to the 9x13 pan.
  3. In the same pan, sauté thinly sliced onion for 10 minutes, occasionally stirring, until softened. Stir in the spinach and cook for about 1-2 minutes, just long enough to barely wilt the spinach. Remove the skillet from the heat.
  4. Whisk together eggs, milk, dijon mustard, and all seasonings in a medium-sized bowl.
  5. Cut bread into 1-inch cubes. Measure 8 cups packed—place 9x13 pan.
  6. To the 9x13 pan with bread and sausage, add the onions, spinach, egg mixture, and cheeses (reserving 1/2 cup cheese to sprinkle on top). Mix lightly to combine well. Sprinkle on the remaining cheese. Cover with plastic wrap and refrigerate or aluminum foil for at least 1 hour (or overnight).
  7. Heat oven to 350F.
  8. Remove strata from the fridge and bring to room temp. Bake covered for 30 minutes. Remove aluminum foil and bake until puffed and golden brown on top (approximately an additional 15-20 minutes) – and just until the center doesn't jiggle when you shake the pan. Be careful not to overbake, as the strata will become dry.
  9. Let rest 10 minutes before cutting into squares and enjoying warm.

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