Sausage and Pepper Strata

1-recipe

I do not believe that this recipe was ever tested prior to publication. The reason for this is that the recipe calls for 1/2 cup of butter. That is not an unusual thing in itself. However, the only directions involving butter are greasing one 2-quart casserole dish, and buttering one side of each of 5 slices of bread. This does not require 1/2 cup of butter! Well, perhaps there is a reason that the clipping does not list an author.

Perhaps if I took “butter one side of each slice of bread” to mean “spread one side of each slice of bread with 1/2 inch of butter”, I could make it work out. However, even with a delicious butter like Kerrygold, the result would still be horribly excessive. Butter, like most things, is good – in moderation. I want to use the butter as an ingredient in my recipe, not eat it like a stick of candy.

That said, after correcting the butter discrepancy, I can safely say that this is a good recipe. It is similar to other “breakfast casseroles” that I have had, but it has a more solid texture due to the inclusion of bread. The flavor is excellent, and the preparation is quite simple. This dish can be made ahead of time and baked in the morning, as long as one remembers that it must bake for an hour.

Ingredients:

  • 1 pound pork sausage
  • 5 slices whole wheat bread, crusts removed
  • 3 tablespoons butter, softened
  • 3 cups shredded sharp Cheddar cheese
  • 4 eggs, beaten slightly
  • 2 cups milk
  • 1/2 teaspoon dry mustard
  • 1/4 cup chopped pepperoncini, rinsed and seeded

Directions:

2-brown_sausage

In a large skillet, brown the sausage.

3-drain_sausage

Drain the sausage on paper towels, and set aside.

4-buttered_bread

Butter one side of each slice of bread, and cut the bread into 1-inch cubes.

5-bread_dish

Place half of the bread cubes in a well-greased 2-quart casserole dish.

6-add_cheese

Top the bread with half of the cheese.

7-add_sausage

Add all of the drained sausage to the dish.

Top the sausage with the remaining bread cubes, and add the rest of the cheese to the top of the casserole.

8-mix_egg

In a medium bowl, whisk together the eggs, milk, and dry mustard.

9-pour_eggs

Pour the egg mixture over the casserole. Cover and refrigerate for several hours, or overnight.

When it is time to bake, preheat the oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit.

10-pepperoncinis

Sprinkle the chopped pepperoncinis over the top of the casserole.

Bake for 1 hour, or until golden brown and set.

11-finished

Serves 6.

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One thought on “Sausage and Pepper Strata

  1. WHOA! And I thought *I* was a little heavy-handed with the butter…yikes. HOWEVER, this is one of my favorite types of dishes and I will most certainly be trying it soon…with my daughter and son-in-law’s homemade sausage. Mmmmmmm…..

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