Sausage, Cheese and Tomato Strata

Sensational on many counts, this strata is a great way to get whole grains -- it comes from the bread. It's a super do-ahead breakfast or dinner, and it's so delicious and pretty, folks or guests will ask for more!

Yield

12 servings

Ingredients

1 pound bulk turkey sausage
8 slices whole wheat bread, cut into 1-inch cubes (7 cups)
2 cups shredded Gruyère cheese (8 ounce)
2 cups chopped plum (Roma) tomatoes (6 medium)
6 eggs
2 cups milk
2 teaspoons dried basil leaves
2 teaspoons Dijon mustard
1/2 teaspoon salt

Directions

In 10-inch skillet, cook sausage over medium-high heat 5 to 7 minutes, stirring occasionally, until no longer pink; drain.

Spray 13 x 9-inch (3-quart) glass baking dish with cooking spray. Spread bread in baking dish. Spread cooked sausage evenly over bread. Sprinkle evenly with 1 1/2 cups of the cheese and the tomatoes.

In medium bowl, beat eggs, milk, basil, mustard and salt with fork or wire whisk; pour over tomatoes. Sprinkle with remaining 1/2 cup cheese. Cover tightly; refrigerate at least 2 hours but no longer than 24 hours.

Preheat oven to 350°F (177°C). Uncover baking dish; bake 35 to 40 minutes or until knife inserted in center comes out clean.

Estimated Time

Preparation Time: 15 minutes
Refrigeration Time: 2 hours
Bake Time: 35 minutes

Nutritional Information

1 Serving (1 Serving): Calories 280 (Calories from Fat 130), Total Fat 15 g (Saturated Fat 6 g, Trans Fat 1/2 g), Cholesterol 165 mg; Sodium 610 mg; Total Carbohydrate 14 g (Dietary Fiber 2 g, Sugars 6 g), Protein 22 g; Exchanges: 1/2 Starch; 1/2 Other Carbohydrate; 3 Lean Meat; 1 Fat; Carbohydrate Choices: 1

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