Sausage Breakfast Strata

A strata is a one-dish wonder! It’s similar to a bread pudding but with hearty (and savory) ingredients, in this case, sausage and cheddar!

This savory dish is best made ahead (or even left overnight) making it the perfect make ahead meal or even breakfast-for-dinner!

cooked Sausage Cheddar Breakfast Strata in a casserole dish

What Is a Strata?

A strata is a bread casserole often served for breakfast. Don’t confuse a strata with a frittata, which is basically a version of an omelet.

Stratas are primarily made with cubes or layers of bread, meat, & cheese.  An egg/milk mixture is poured over top and soaks into the bread (a bit like french toast or bread pudding).

A strata, often served as a breakfast casserole, can be made with almost anything and it’s a great way to use leftover meats, veggies, and cheese that need to be eaten.

Stratas are a favorite casserole and are usually served for breakfast or brunch (but I love them ANY time of day). It makes for a simple light dinner when it’s paired with a tossed salad.

top view of ingredients to make Sausage Cheddar Breakfast Strata

Ingredients

BREAD This is a great way to use up that stale or crusty bread! Sourdough, rye, focaccia, whole wheat, the list goes on. Save your bread by keeping it in the freezer and when you have enough, whip up a strata!

CHEESE I opted for cheddar cheese, but any sharp cheese will lend loads of flavor to this dish.

EGG MIXTURE Eggs, cream, and seasonings are mixed together to create the flavorful egg mixture for this dish.

MEAT I added crumbled breakfast sausage that’s been sautéed with festive red and green bell peppers, but bacon or ham would taste great too!

Sausage Cheddar Breakfast Strata ingredients in bowls and a frying pan

How to Make a Strata

A breakfast strata casserole is easy to layer up and serve in just a few easy steps.

  1. Cook and drain sausage (per recipe below).
  2. Whisk eggs, milk and seasonings.
  3. Toss bread cubes with the egg mixture and sausage until egg is absorbed.
  4. Place in a casserole and refrigerate 30 minutes or up to 24 hours before baking.

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Best Breakfast Casseroles

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cooked Sausage Cheddar Breakfast Strata in a white casserole dish

Sausage Cheddar Breakfast Strata

Loaded with cheese, sausage, and peppers, Strata is the perfect breakfast casserole for a crowd!
Course Breakfast, Casserole
Cuisine American
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 1 hour
Chill Time 30 minutes
Total Time 1 hour 40 minutes
Servings 6 people
Calories 1005
Author Holly Nilsson

Ingredients

  • ½ pound sausage crumbled
  • ½ cup red or green peppers diced
  • 6 cups bread cubes slightly dried
  • 2 cups cheddar cheese shredded, divided

Egg Mixture

  • 4 eggs
  • 1 ½ cups milk
  • ½ cup light cream or half and half
  • ½ teaspoon dry mustard powder
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • ¼ teaspoon pepper
  • ¼ teaspoon onion powder

Instructions

  • Preheat oven to 350°F.
  • Cook sausage over medium heat until no pink remains, drain the fat and return the sausage to the pan. Add the peppers and cook until partially tender. Set aside to cool.
  • Whisk the egg mixture in a bowl. Add bread, peppers, sausage, and half of the cheese. Toss to combine. Let sit for 5 minutes and toss again until the liquid is absorbed.
  • Add the mixture to a greased 2 qt baking dish. Refrigerate at least 30 minutes or up to 24 hours.
  • Cover and bake for 30 minutes. Uncover, top with remaining cheese and bake an additional 15-20 minutes or until set in the middle.
  • Rest 10 minutes before cutting.

Nutrition

Serving: 1piece | Calories: 1005 | Carbohydrates: 122g | Protein: 46g | Fat: 37g | Saturated Fat: 16g | Cholesterol: 190mg | Sodium: 1967mg | Potassium: 722mg | Fiber: 10g | Sugar: 18g | Vitamin A: 827IU | Vitamin C: 11mg | Calcium: 699mg | Iron: 10mg
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Originally posted at Spend with Pennies

Drop Biscuits – Ready in 30 Minutes!

These homemade drop biscuits are buttery and fluffy without all of the fuss of rolling dough!

Melt-in-your-mouth, they’re the perfect savory biscuit for soaking up soup, sauce, or gravy. Serve them with butter or top them with jam.

close up of Easy Drop Biscuits

Biscuits Made Easy

We love Homemade Biscuits served with soups and stews, topped with jam and of course served with sausage gravy.

A drop biscuit is the perfect quick and easy solution when dinner is on the go! Skip the box mix, these are just as easy!

Light, fluffy biscuits are just six ingredients away!

ingredients to make Easy Drop Biscuits

Ingredients

These easy drop biscuits are an everyday recipe that can be prepared for breakfast, lunch, or dinner.

  • Butter Ensure the butter is cold, this creates little pockets that add lift and texture (and of course flavor).
  • Milk Again, cold is best. This adds moisture, texture and helps with browning.
  • Flour These biscuits use all-purpose flour, you can substitute half with whole wheat flour if preferred.
  • Leavening: Baking soda, baking powder, and a little salt to produce airy biscuits with the perfect texture every time!

Variations

This recipe is easily up-leveled by switching out the milk for buttermilk or mixing cheddar cheese or herbs into the dough.

Drop biscuits are also perfect for dumplings which are basically uncooked drop biscuits that are added to the top of chili, or a savory soup or stew!

scooping out Easy Drop Biscuits and putting on a baking sheet with parchment paper

How to Make Drop Biscuits

These 6-ingredient biscuits give a new meaning to the words ‘quick and easy’!

  1. Whisk together dry ingredients.  Cut in cold butter with a pastry blender or two knives until it resembles small peas.
  2. Add milk a little at a time until the dough is thick but able to be scooped and dropped with a spoon.
  3. Drop dough onto a prepared baking sheet and bake per recipe below or until the biscuits are lightly browned.

close up of cooked Easy Drop Biscuits

How to Store Leftover Biscuits

  • Drop biscuits keep best in a covered container or a zippered bag at room temperature for about 3 days.
  • Uncooked biscuits will keep in the freezer for about 3 months as long as they are in a zippered bag—don’t forget to write the date on the outside! Frozen biscuit dough can be baked for about 18 to 20 minutes.
  • Cooked biscuits can be frozen in a zippered bag for up to 2 months. Let them thaw at room temperature before serving.

Serve Biscuits With…

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Easy Drop Biscuits

With only a handful of simple ingredients and 30 minutes, these flavorful drop biscuits are ready to serve!
Course Bread, Side Dish, Snack
Cuisine American
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes
Servings 12 biscuits
Calories 133
Author Holly Nilsson

Ingredients

  • 2 cups flour
  • 4 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • ¼ teaspoon baking soda
  • cup cold butter
  • 1 to 1 ¼ cup milk

Instructions

  • Preheat oven to 400°F. Grease a large baking sheet.
  • Whisk flour, baking powder, salt, and baking soda in a medium bowl.
  • Add cold butter and cut in with a pastry blender until the butter is the size of peas or slightly smaller.
  • Add milk a bit at a time stirring after each addition until the dough holds together but is soft enough to be dropped with a spoon.
  • Drop dough by heaping tablespoons to create 12 biscuits.
  • Bake 12-15 minutes or lightly browned.

Notes

Drop biscuits will keep for up to 3 days stored in an airtight container at room temperature. 

Nutrition

Calories: 133 | Carbohydrates: 18g | Protein: 3g | Fat: 6g | Saturated Fat: 3g | Cholesterol: 15mg | Sodium: 274mg | Potassium: 194mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 1g | Vitamin A: 206IU | Calcium: 93mg | Iron: 1mg
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Originally posted at Spend with Pennies