RECIPE

Sausage & Spinach Egg Strata

One of the things I love about diners is that they serve breakfast 24/7. So here’s something with all those things you love about breakfast, but in a strata: the ultimate “breakfast for dinner.”

Ingredients

  • 1 tablespoon EVOO
  • 3/4 pound bulk spicy breakfast sausage
  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • 1 onion, finely chopped
  • 4 cloves garlic, finely chopped
  • 1 (9- or 10-ounce) box frozen chopped spinach, thawed and wrung dry in a kitchen towel
  • Salt and pepper
  • Freshly grated nutmeg
  • 1/2 pound stale white or French bread, cubed (7 to 8 cups)
  • 2 cups shredded caciocavallo or Parmigiano-Reggiano cheese
  • 12 large eggs
  • 2 cups milk or half-and-half
  • 1/4 cup Dijon mustard

Preparation

In a large skillet, heat the EVOO (1 turn of the pan) over medium-high heat. Cook the sausage, breaking it into crumbles as it browns. Transfer the sausage to a plate. Return the skillet to the heat, reduce the heat a little, and melt in the butter. Add the onion and garlic and cook to soften, 5 to 6 minutes. Pull the spinach into shreds as you add it and season with salt, pepper, and a few grates of nutmeg. Turn off the heat and stir in the sausage.

Arrange half of the bread in a 9 by 13-inch baking dish. Scatter half of the sausage-spinach mixture over the bread, top with half the cheese. Repeat the layering. Whisk together the eggs, milk, mustard, and salt and pepper. Pour the eggs evenly over everything.

Make-ahead: Cover and refrigerate for at least 24 hours for the bread to soak up the custard.

Night of: Return the strata to room temp for at least 30 minutes before you bake.

Preheat the oven to 350°F with a rack in the center of the oven.

Set the casserole on a baking sheet and bake uncovered for 1 hour. Let stand 10 minutes and serve.

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