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Christmas Morning Strata

Christmas Breakfast Strata

This dish is a family favorite, complete breakfast in a casserole … and you can prepare it the night before. Take it out of the fridge in the morning, start the oven preheating, and an hour and a half later, serve a really special breakfast. Of course, it’s packed full of sausage, bacon, cheese, and eggs. Can’t miss!

Christmas Morning Strata
 
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Serves: 8 servings
Ingredients
  • 1 lb chub mild Italian or breakfast sausage
  • 8 slices bacon (1/2 lb), cooked and crumbled
  • ½ cup diced mild green chiles
  • 8 large eggs
  • 2 cups whole milk
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1½ tsp ground dry mustard
  • ¼ tsp pepper
  • ¼ tsp paprika
  • 8 corn tortillas
  • 1½ cups shredded sharp Cheddar cheese
  • optional: sliced green onions, chopped cilantro, sour cream for garnish
Instructions
  1. In a large skillet, brown and break up sausage into small pieces until cooked. Drain and set aside.
  2. In a large mixing bowl, add eggs, milk, salt, dry mustard, pepper, and paprika. Whisk until blended.
  3. Take 4 of the corn tortillas, tear them into pieces about the size of tortilla chips, and spread over bottom of a 9"x13" baking dish. Then layer the sausage, then bacon, green chiles, 1 cup of the cheese.
  4. Top with another layer of torn up tortillas and then pour the egg custard over the top, using a spoon to make sure the custard evenly distributes. Top with the remaining half cup of cheese.
  5. Cover dish with foil or plastic wrap and refrigerate overnight.
  6. Remove from refrigerator, uncover, and let sit at room temperature while oven preheats to 350 degrees. Bake, uncovered, for 40-45 minutes, or until a knife or toothpick inserted into center comes out clean.
  7. Serve hot, topped with sour cream, cilantro, etc if desired. Enjoy!
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Commentary:
One of my all-time favorite recipes, and a favorite of my readers is my Chile Relleno Casserole, which I published in 2006; The Denver Post published it a year later. That's a great one for Christmas morning as you can prepare it the night before and bake it in the morning.

This recipe takes that concept a few steps further. Instead of a fairly light egg, cheese and chile casserole, this one is loaded with sausage and bacon. But it's also just as easy to make and can be prepared the night before. This is a guaranteed hit - a really satisfying, stick to your ribs deluxe breakfast dish.

 

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