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Christmas Strata

This was breakfast for Christmas morning this year. It was a big hit!

Christmas Strata

1 lb. sausage meat, any kind
1 onion, chopped
1/2 red and green bell pepper, chopped
1 loaf egg or other hearty bread, sliced (day old is fine)
4 cups shredded cheese, any kind (a mixture is fine)
6 eggs, beaten
3 cups milk
1 tbsp. Dijon mustard
1 tsp. salt
1/2 tsp. ground cayenne pepper
2 medium tomatoes, sliced
1/3 cup grated Parmesan cheese

Grease a 9×13-inch (23x 33-cm) baking dish.

Remove the sausage meat from the casing into a skillet. Add onions and peppers and cook over medium heat, stirring, until the sausage is lightly browned and the onions are softened. Set aside.

Place a layer of bread slices into the prepared baking dish, cutting them so that they cover the bottom completely. Sprinkle with half of the cooked sausage mixture, then one-third of the shredded cheese. Now add a second layer of bread slices, the remaining sausage mixture, and another one-third of the shredded cheese. Finally, add a third layer of bread and all the remaining shredded cheese.

In a bowl, beat together eggs, milk, mustard, salt and cayenne. Pour over the layers in the baking dish and cover with plastic wrap. Refrigerate for at least 6 hours or overnight.

When you’re ready to cook, remove the plastic, arrange the tomato slices on top and sprinkle with Parmesan cheese. Bake at 350 degrees F (180 degrees C) for 50 to 60 minutes, until puffed in the middle and a knife poked into it comes out clean


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