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Cheese Sausage Strata Recipe

Cheese Sausage Strata Recipe

Sausage provides plenty of flavor in this hearty morning casserole shared by Teresa Marchese from New Berlin, Wisconsin. It's a great addition to a brunch buffet, because it's assembled the night before to cut down on last-minute fuss.
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 15 min. + chilling Bake: 1 hour YIELD:12 servings


  • 1-1/2 pounds bulk pork sausage
  • 9 large eggs, lightly beaten
  • 3 cups milk
  • 9 slices bread, cubed
  • 1-1/2 cups (6 ounces) shredded cheddar cheese
  • 1/2 pound sliced bacon, cooked and crumbled
  • 1-1/2 teaspoons ground mustard


  • 1. In a large skillet, cook sausage over medium heat until no longer pink; drain. Add the eggs, milk, bread, cheese, bacon and mustard. Transfer to a greased shallow 3-qt. baking dish. Cover and refrigerate overnight.
  • 2. Remove from the refrigerator 30 minutes before baking. Cover and bake at 350° for 60-65 minutes or until a knife inserted near the center comes out clean. Let stand for 5 minutes before serving. Yield: 12 servings.

Nutritional Facts

1 serving equals 373 calories, 25 g fat (11 g saturated fat), 217 mg cholesterol, 1,097 mg sodium, 14 g carbohydrate, trace fiber, 23 g protein.

Reviews for Cheese Sausage Strata

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Reviewed Apr. 9, 2015

"My family asked for 3rd helpings... the ultimate compliment!"

Reviewed Sep. 24, 2014

"I love how you can make it a day before! We made this numerous times already Sunday mornings. We do have to bake a little longer that stated. Pour some maple syrup on top before eating, it is awesome!"

Reviewed Aug. 10, 2013

"I always make this for Christmas morning. It' s so easy to pop in while enjoying family time. I use turkey sausage to lighten it up a bit."

Reviewed Mar. 31, 2013

"I made this for Easter brunch and everyone loved it. So easy to make and delicious too!"

Reviewed Jan. 1, 2013

"cut the recipe by 1/3, added a cup of leftover brown rice to reduce bread, used 4 slices of sprouted grain bread and a pkg of bacon bits and 1# bulk turkey sausage to reduce the fat. Next time I'll add mushrooms."

Reviewed Oct. 1, 2012

"I layered ingredients in a 9x13 pan--sausage on bottom,then bread, then egg mixture, then cheese, then bacon on top along with a sprinkling of some dried herbs. Very pretty! It was a big hit at our church brunch."

Reviewed Apr. 21, 2012

"This recipe was so good. My whole family of picky eaters loved it."

Reviewed Feb. 24, 2011

"I have also found that it needs to bake longer than an hour. I use day old french bread. I make this frequently and always get rave reviews."

Reviewed Jul. 24, 2010

"This recipe is hearty and delicious, and I love that it is prepared ahead of time! I make this for a tasty Sunday morning surprise for my family if I have to work, they just take it out and heat it up!"

Reviewed Jun. 22, 2010

"We substituted veggies for the bacon to cut down on cost and fat."

Reviewed May. 3, 2010

"I have been making this dish since it appeared ing the quick cooking magazine. It is easy and taste wonderful. I do add a 1/2 cup of diced onion and instead of using 11/2 lbs of sausage I use 1 pound of sausage and 1/2 lb of Zesty sausage to give it a little kick."

Reviewed Jan. 29, 2008

"This is a great dish! I love how you can make it the night before. Although, I have found that it needs to bake a little bit longer than the recipe calls for.It does keeps well unbaked in the refrigerator for several days though, I once made it for my Brother and Sister-in-law and put it in their fridge a day or so before they got home from their honeymoon so that they wouldn't have to make breakfast when they got home.They loved it. Thank you!"

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