Italian Breakfast Strata

Italian Breakfast Strata
Servings: 8 Prep 15 mins Chill overnight Bake 350°F 1 hr Stand 10 mins

Ingredients

  • 1/2 cup sun-dried tomatoes
  • 3/4 pound sweet Italian sausage, casings removed
  • 1 each green and red bell pepper, cored, seeded and diced
  • 1 loaf Italian bread (14 ounces), cut into 1-inch cubes
  • 8 large eggs
  • 1 cup milk
  • 1/3 cup packed basil leaves, chopped
  • 2 cups shredded mozzarella

Make It

1. Bring 1 cup water to a boil. Place sun-dried tomatoes in a bowl and add water. Let stand 10 minutes.

2. Meanwhile, crumble sausage into a large nonstick skillet. Cook over medium to medium-high heat for 6 minutes. Add peppers and cook, stirring occasionally, 4 minutes. Remove from heat. Drain sun-dried tomatoes and chop. Stir into sausage mixture in skillet.

3. Place bread cubes in a very large bowl. In a medium bowl, whisk eggs, milk and chopped basil. Stir sausage mixture into bread along with 1 cup of the cheese. Pour egg mixture over bread mixture and stir to moisten all ingredients. Coat a 13 x 9 x 2-inch baking dish with nonstick cooking spray. Pour bread mixture into prepared dish. Cover with plastic wrap and refrigerate overnight.

4. Heat oven to 350 degrees F. Uncover dish and sprinkle with remaining 1 cup cheese. Cover dish with foil. Bake, covered, at 350 degrees F for 45 minutes. Uncover and bake 15 minutes. Cool slightly before serving.

Nutrition Facts

Servings Per Recipe: 8; Amount Per Serving: cal. (kcal): 404, Fat, total (g): 20, chol. (mg): 249, sat. fat (g): 8, carb. (g): 32, fiber (g): 3, pro. (g): 23, sodium (mg): 814, Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.