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Tuesday, July 19, 2011

Easy like Sunday morning

It's nice to be able to wake up in the morning and pop breakfast in the oven without all the prep work.  Especially when you're having guests over.  It frees up time to enjoy your coffee, set the table, make a nice fruit salad, mix some mimosas...

A strata is great because, like a frittata or omelette, you can use whatever you have on hand and it'll work.  That's what prompted me to make an Italian strata this past weekend.  Zucchini, sausage, peppers...the combination was delicious.

Make-ahead Italian Strata
1 pound Italian sausage
8 eggs
3 cups milk
2 teaspoons oregano
2 teaspoons basil
1 1/2 teaspoons black pepper
1 loaf french bread, cubed
2 cups shredded cheddar cheese, divided
1 orange pepper, chopped
1 zucchini, chopped
8 scallions, chopped

Spray a 9x13 pan.  Cook sausage in a skillet until brown.  Remove from skillet and chop into bite size pieces.

In a large bowl, beat eggs, milk and spices together.  Add bread and mix so all pieces are soaked in egg mixture.  Add sausage, 1 1/2 cups cheese, and vegetables.

Pour mixture into pan and top with remaining cheese.  Cover and refrigerate overnight.  When ready to bake, uncover, and heat oven to 350 degrees.  Bake for 50-55 minutes or until a knife cleanly comes out of center of pan.  Let stand for 10-15 minutes before cutting.

Serves 12.

Linked to: Mangia Mondays
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At July 19, 2011 at 1:19 PM , Anonymous claire gallam said...

We have strata every year for Christmas breakfast and it's my absolute favorite!

At July 19, 2011 at 3:18 PM , Anonymous Lindsay @ Pinch of Yum said...

I am addicted to sausage. I could honestly be a complete vegetarian if it were not for sausage. So needless to say... this looks yummmy.

At July 19, 2011 at 5:36 PM , Anonymous Maris(In Good Taste) said...

Perfect brunch dish!

At July 19, 2011 at 9:26 PM , Blogger Reeni said...

Omg I could eat this anytime of the day! So hearty and good - love that you used zucchini!

At July 20, 2011 at 7:51 AM , Blogger Joanne said...

I want this as breakfast-for-dinner. Which is my favorite meal of the day, by the way. Looks delicious!

At July 21, 2011 at 5:57 PM , Anonymous Kimby said...

I could "hear" the song in the background -- great lead in to your strata! It looked delicious with the fresh fruit and I'm sure it went well with the mimosas, too. :)

At November 8, 2011 at 12:23 PM , Anonymous Anne @ Quick and Easy Cheap and Healthy said...

Great idea to prepare it ahead! THanks for linking up to our Flu Fighting Foods blog hop. we'd love to see you tomorrow with a green tea recipe!


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