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Italian Sausage Strata

When our family sits down for breakfast on days when this do-ahead dish is on the menu, I can relax and join them. I like to serve it with fresh fruit and homemade rolls. Plus, it adds a nice touch to a celebration brunch.
  • Total Time
    Prep: 20 min. + chilling Bake: 1 hour
  • Makes
    12 servings


  • 1/2 cup butter, softened, divided
  • 12 to 16 slices day-old bread, crusts removed
  • 1/2 pound fresh mushrooms, sliced
  • 2 cups sliced onions
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • 1 pound bulk Italian sausage, cooked and drained
  • 3 cups shredded cheddar cheese
  • 5 large eggs, lightly beaten
  • 2-1/2 cups whole milk
  • 1 tablespoon Dijon mustard
  • 1 teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • 1 teaspoon ground mustard
  • 2 tablespoons minced fresh parsley


  • Using 1/4 cup butter, spread one side of each bread slice with butter. Place half of the bread, butter side down, in a greased 13x9-in. baking dish.
  • In a large skillet, saute the mushrooms and onions in remaining butter. Sprinkle with salt and pepper. Spoon half of the mushroom mixture over bread in prepared pan. Top with half of the sausage and cheese. Layer with the remaining bread, mushroom mixture, sausage and cheese. In a large bowl, whisk the eggs, milk, Dijon mustard, nutmeg and ground mustard. Pour over cheese. Cover and refrigerate overnight.
  • Remove from the refrigerator 30 minutes before baking. Bake, covered, at 350° for 50 minutes. Uncover; bake 10-15 minutes longer or until a knife inserted in the center comes out clean. Sprinkle with parsley. Let stand 10 minutes before serving.
Nutrition Facts
1 piece: 340 calories, 25g fat (14g saturated fat), 161mg cholesterol, 574mg sodium, 13g carbohydrate (5g sugars, 1g fiber), 16g protein.

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  • Robbie
    Jan 26, 2020

    I am trying this as a freezer meal I divided it into 6 aluminum meal prep containers and followed the instructions for freeze it from the Mushroom Sausage Strata: Freeze option: After assembling, cover and freeze strata. To use, partially thaw in refrigerator overnight. Remove from refrigerator 30 minutes before baking. Preheat oven to 350°. Bake strata as directed, increasing time as necessary for a knife inserted in the center to come out clean. Have only eaten the first one made without freezing.

  • landstromd
    Mar 26, 2013

    could this be frozen? thanks

  • 5littlebirdsKY
    Apr 16, 2009

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