Monday, June 15, 2015

Sausage and Cheese Strata

You guys. Host a brunch this weekend and make this Sausage and Cheese strata. On second thought. Don't host a brunch. Just make this and save it all for yourself. 

I come from a long line of casserole lovers--broccoli casserole, corn pudding, chicken casserole, and growing up I always looked forward to family functions because I knew I would always leave full and happy (read stuffed and miserable because I just never knew, I mean know, present tense, when to stop).  Then came a very dark time in my life when I shunned the casserole. I felt they were outdated, old fashioned and frankly, I was embarrassed by the amount of casseroles my family ate. I guess I just fell into the wrong group with food snobs or maybe they were uninformed. Since moving back to Kentucky, the prodigal daughter has returned to her love of casseroles--well, some of them. Sweet potato casserole always has and always will gross me out. It's a texture thing. 

One casserole I am definitely on board with, is the breakfast variety. I have never met a breakfast casserole that I didn't like and I have had some interesting examples show up. For instance, someone I know uses stove top in their breakfast casserole. You read that right. Stove top. Weirdly delicious. My absolute favorite breakfast casserole though, is my Gom-gom's Sausage and Cheese Strata. Savory sausage, cheese and creamy eggs baked into two layers of bread. I mean, what? If that's not heaven in a 9x13 baking dish, I don't know what is.

It's hard to believe, but Gom-gom has been gone now for almost twenty years. We're so fortunate to be able to keep our loved ones memories' alive through the items they left behind. I'm so grateful that she had so many handwritten recipes. Sometimes I'm not grateful that she wrote them on random pieces of envelopes, old checks and scrap paper. I would have loved to have been able to frame some of them for my kitchen. Oh well.  I'm just thankful that I can keep her with me! What are some of your favorite family recipes?  Were you lucky enough to have handwritten recipes you can frame or show off in your decor?  Let me know!

Notice the multiple colors of ink used on this recipe

Cheese and Sausage.  Yum!

Sausage and Cheese Strata

4 eggs, beaten
3 cups milk
11-12 pieces of bread
1 pound of sausage, browned
8 ounces shredded cheddar cheese
1 teaspoon salt

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. 

Butter a 9x13 baking dish. 

Lightly butter each piece of bread. Place one layer of bread in the bottom of the baking dish. Cover with half of the sausage and half of the cheese. 

Place another layer of bread in the dish followed by the remaining sausage and cheese. 

In a mixing bowl, mix the eggs, milk, salt and some freshly ground black pepper. Pour this mixture over the bread, sausage and cheese. 

Bake in a 350 degree oven for 45 minutes or eggs have set. Let rest for at least 10 minutes before serving. 

Serve at your next brunch with fresh fruit or store in the fridge and break the fast with it all week.  Enjoy!

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