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Cheese Sausage Strata

Sausage provides plenty of flavor in this hearty egg strata. It's a great addition to a brunch buffet, because it's assembled the night before to cut down on last-minute fuss. —Teresa Marchese, New Berlin, Wisconsin
  • Total Time
    Prep: 15 min. + chilling Bake: 1 hour
  • Makes
    12 servings


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


  • 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.
  • Remove from the refrigerator 30 minutes before baking. Cover and bake at 350° for 60-65 minutes or until a knife inserted in the center comes out clean. Let stand for 5 minutes before serving.
Nutrition Facts
1 each: 373 calories, 25g fat (11g saturated fat), 217mg cholesterol, 1097mg sodium, 14g carbohydrate (6g sugars, 0 fiber), 23g protein.

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  • jmsterling1
    Apr 9, 2015

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

  • lovemusic
    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!

  • angieact1
    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.

  • wendemdau
    Mar 31, 2013

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

  • dr1mom
    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.

  • hippodrome
    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.

  • maggszito
    Apr 21, 2012

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

    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.

  • cvmedlock
    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!

  • keverwann
    Jun 22, 2010

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