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Savory Breakfast Strata

Breakfast Strata

OVERNIGHT CASSEROLE Breakfast Strata is quick to put together with ingredients already in the fridge. (Photo courtesy of The Junior League of Houston)

From Stop and Smell the Rosemary


5 cups cubed day-old bread
4 links Italian turkey sausage, casings removed, browned and crumbled
¼ cup chopped sun-dried tomatoes packed in oil, oil reserved
½ cup chopped onion
1 to 2 Tablespoons chopped fresh rosemary
4 to 6 ounces Monterey Jack cheese, shredded (1 to 1½ cups)
6 large eggs
1½ cups milk
1 teaspoon salt
¼ teaspoon freshly ground pepper
1 teaspoon dry mustard
¼ teaspoon ground nutmeg (optional)

Recipe directions: 

Spray a 9-inch square baking dish with nonstick cooking spray. Sprinkle bread cubes in casserole. Sprinkle sausage evenly over bread cubes. Pour 1 tablespoon reserved sun-dried tomato oil into skillet. Add onions and sauté until tender. Add tomatoes and rosemary, stirring until blended. Place onion mixture over sausage. Cover with cheese. Whisk eggs, milk, salt, pepper, dry mustard and nutmeg in a medium bowl until well blended. Pour egg mixture over casserole. Cover. Refrigerate 8 to 10 hours or overnight. Bring to room temperature before baking. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Bake 30 to 45 minutes, or until set. Serves 6.

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