This Sausage Cranberry Breakfast Strata has lots of savoury flavour from sausage and cheese, which contrasts beautifully with tart, sweet cranberry. It's an easy breakfast casserole recipe, perfect for holiday brunchin'!
8ozbread cubes-'day old'. I used french bread. About 10 loose cups
8eggs-I used 'large'
2cupslow fat milk-I used 1%
8ozcheddar cheese-shredded, about 2 cups and divided
3/4cupscranberries-frozen or fresh
baking spray or butter -to grease baking dish
In a pan on medium heat cook crumbled sausage for about 10-15 minutes or until cooked through. Drain fat and remove sausage from pan. Lay to one side. Preheat oven to 350 F.
Add spinach to pan with 1/4 tsp of salt and nutmeg and cook until just wilted, about 2 minutes. Remove from pan, squeeze out excess moisture and roughly chop. Lay to one side.
Grease 9 x 13 baking dish. Add bread cubes. Top with crumbled cooked sausage and cranberries.
Whisk eggs. Add milk to eggs along with remaining 1/4 tsp of salt and pepper. Add spinach and 1 cup of cheese to egg mixture. Stir to combine. Pour over bread cube mixture. Press down with your hand so the bread absorbs the egg mixture. Top with remaining 1 cup of cheese. Let sit 20 minutes before baking.
Cover with foil and bake 30 minutes. Carefully remove foil and bake an additional 20 minutes. Garnish with crispy sage leaves (optional). Enjoy!
Make sure your bread is 'day old' or stale-ish. If your bread is too fresh, it won't suck up the milk/egg mixture as well. How to dry out bread? Place on a baking sheet in a 300 F oven for about 10 minutes and then proceed with recipe.
Ensure that after cooking the sausage, the grease is drained well. You don't want that added grease to your strata recipe. Ain't nobody got time for that.
After cooking spinach, squeeze out excess moisture so it doesn't make your strata super wet.
The cranberries add a festive pop of colour and tartness, which contrasts lovely against the savoury sausage and cheese. However, if you aren't a fan, you can omit.
I topped this breakfast strata with crispy sage, but that's totally optional.
You can prepare this breakfast casserole the night before. Prep it up to step 4 and refrigerate. The next morning, remove from the refrigerator, let sit 10-15 minutes, preheat oven and bake. So, this one is a great make ahead breakfast!