Last night was my annual work holiday party. Knowing from experience that I would be in no mood to cook the morning after, I opted for a make ahead breakfast that would involve minimal work. This strata was delicious and easy. Best of all it incorporated some of my favorite foods- sausage, mushrooms and cheese. You could easily swap out or add in more ingredients as desired.
First, I made some turkey sausage on Thursday night (see Coriander turkey sausage recipe on this site.) I browned that up and reserved it in a bowl. In the same pan I added a little oil and sautéed some mushrooms and onions. Once cooked I stirred them in to the bowl with the sausage.
I halved and toasted 6 english muffins while I sliced up a red bell pepper. I then greased a 9 x 13″ baking pan and lined the bottom with the toasted muffins. I cut a few of the halves up to make sure the bottom was completely covered.
I then topped the English muffins with a cup of Colby jack cheese, spooned the mushroom and sausage mixture on top, then evenly sprinkled on the bell pepper. In a bowl I whisked together 8 eggs, 2 cups milk, dry ground mustard, salt and pepper. I poured the eggs into the casserole, covered and put it in the fridge overnight.
The next morning I took the pan out of the fridge and let it sit for 30 minutes while I preheated the oven to 375. I topped off the strata with a cup of Colby jack and some red pepper flakes, then popped it on the oven. I baked the strata for 40 minutes and then let it cool for a few minutes before serving.
This was soo delicious and easy for a lazy morning. The English muffins gave good texture and made a nice crust. Sean even had seconds, which can only mean it was a definite hit!