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Sausage Strata


Have you ever had breakfast strata? I’d never had strata until a few years ago and since then have developed my own favorite combination of ingredients!

I had no idea that a breakfast casserole could taste so good! This recipe is less eggy than some and I like it that way. Make sure you also drain the sausage of grease or you’ll have greasy bread.

The essence of strata is the egg-soaked bread. Now when I generally think of the word “soaked” I think of times when I wished I’d had an umbrella so I didn’t literally get soaked by rain. But as strata taught me, soaking isn’t necessarily a bad thing. So take a listen to “Isn’t This a Lovely Day to be Caught in the Rain” sung by Ella Fitzgerald.

Sausage Strata


  • 6 eggs
  • 1 cup skim milk
  • 1 cup half-and-half cream
  • ¼ teaspoon nutmeg
  • ¼ teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • ¼ teaspoon ground black pepper
  • ½ cup zucchini, diced
  • ¼ cup red pepper, diced
  • ½ onion, diced
  • 1 cup white cheddar cheese, grated
  • ¼ cup fresh Parmesan cheese, grated
  • 2 cups sausage, cooked
  • 10 pieces cheese bread ends from Kneaders®


  1. Preheat oven to 325 degrees.
  2. In a blender, combine eggs, skim milk, half-and-half cream, nutmeg, cayenne pepper, and black pepper.
  3. Peel, quarter lengthwise the zucchini, then cut into half-inch pieces.
  4. Dice onion. Grate cheese. Measure out Parmesan cheese.
  5. Cook sausage. Drain off grease.
  6. Spray glass baking dish 9” by 13” or bigger with cooking spray.
  7. Tear bread into large pieces and put in the baking dish.
  8. Spread zucchini, red pepper, onion, cheddar cheese and Parmesan cheese, and sausage over the bread evenly.
  9. Pour egg mixture slowly over the layered ingredients.
  10. Press down with your hands to help the bread soak up the egg mixture.
  11. Cover baking dish with aluminum foil.
  12. Bake for 70 minutes.
  13. Remove from oven and uncover. Serve.

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About Jillaine: As a professional jazz singer who also studies law, savoring daily nosh with family refreshes me. You are invited to my table to try great food, hear tasty music, and join in upbeat conversation!

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