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Breakfast Strata With Sausage, Artichoke Hearts, and Feta


Description

For this recipe, I used an 8x8x2 baking dish. If you are using a 9x13x2 baking dish, I would multiply these ingredients by 1 1/2.


Ingredients

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  • 4 heaping cups cubed Italian bread (the crusty kind that comes in a big loaf)
  • 23 tablespoons olive oil, plus 2 tablespoons
  • 1 teaspoon Italian seasonings
  • 1/8 teaspoon granulated onion
  • salt & pepper to taste
  • ¼ cup diced shallots
  • ¼ cup diced broccoli (I used frozen)
  • 3 cloves garlic
  • ½ cup milk
  • ½ cup crumbled feta (I used tomato/basil flavored)
  • 2 mild Italian sausage links (pork, turkey or chicken – I used chicken here)
  • ¼ cup chopped marinated artichoke hearts (from a jar or can)
  • 10 large eggs
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • ¼ teaspoon pepper
  • 1/8 teaspoon granulated onion
  • 23 tablespoons grated Parmesan cheese

Instructions

  1. Preheat broiler to 400&#176 and line baking sheet with parchment paper.
  2. In medium bowl combine cubed bread, 2-3 tablespoons olive oil, Italian seasonings, granulated onion. Sprinkle with salt and pepper (about the amount you would use if making a salad). Toss together and pour onto baking sheet.
  3. Broil for 1-2 minutes. Watch carefully. Bread is done when golden brown. Set aside.
  4. Preheat medium-sized skillet over medium heat. Take sausage out of casings and break apart into smaller pieces. As you brown the sausage, continue to break it down into smaller pieces. Brown sausage until cooked through. Set aside sausage.
  5. In the same skillet you cooked sausage, heat 2 tablespoons olive oil over medium heat. Add shallots, lightly sprinkle with salt and pepper (to taste) and saute for 2 minutes. Add garlic and saute for an additional 1 minute. Pour onto small bowl or plate so it can cool.
  6. In same skillet, saute broccoli for 2-3 minutes. Set aside.
  7. Feel relieved you’re almost done and trust this will be worth it in the morning.
  8. In medium bowl, beat together eggs, milk, 1/2 teaspoon salt, and 1/4 teaspoon pepper. Add shallot mixture and beat until combined.
  9. Spray baking dish with nonstick cooking spray. Layer the bottom of dish with 1/2 of the cubed bread.
  10. Next layer 1/2 of the feta then 1/2 of the sausage.
  11. Next layer artichoke hearts, broccoli, remaining feta, remaining sausage, and top with the remaining bread.
  12. Give egg mixture a quick whisk and pour over the top of your casserole.
  13. Sprinkle Parmesan cheese over top.
  14. Tightly cover with plastic wrap and store in fridge overnight.
  15. The next day, bring casserole to room temperature while you preheat oven to 350&#176. (Note: I was bad and did not bring mine to room temperature so I had to cook it a little longer than normal. Just like a parent would say: Don’t do as I do, do as I say.) Bake casserole for 45-55 minutes. Casserole should puff up, be golden brown, and cooked through. Let stand 5 minutes before serving.
  16. Remember: act aloof and let your family believe this was no big deal.

Notes

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