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Sausage Breakfast Strata perfect for Easter Breakfast

Everyone is all a buzz about what they are serving for Easter dinner. I feel like a loser. Because I am not lifting a finger this Easter. Last week I made reservations for our whole family, plus house guests to go out for dinner. Thursday and Friday I will be shoulder deep in making cinnamon rolls for a fundraiser for The Friends of Portage Lake Cookbook. Also our much anticipated house guests will be arriving Friday night before Easter, so I want to be able to enjoy them and not be in the kitchen the whole weekend.

I himm’d I hawd, I waxed I wained, I picked the phone up, I put it down. Mothers Day is one thing….but there is just something ingrained in me that says you don’t go out to dinner on Easter. Not that I am judging anyone…I am most definitely not! It’s just the way I was raised…it’s in my blood to fix ginormous, explode your stomach meals on holidays.
But this year I said, “I CAINT DO IT!”
I think it’s good to know your limits. Good for you and good for your famba-lie!
And your house guests that you don’t want to make Whacko the instant they arrive. We still have cookies to bake and eggs to decorate, for heavens sakes!

In fact I might just have to make this Breakfast Strata so we have something to tide us over until our dinner buffet of ham, roast beast, and leg-O-lamb, plus pasta station, omelet station, and a hot chocolate bar…uh HUH…that’s what I’m talkin‘ bout! I may never make Easter Dinner again!

This Sausage Breakfast Strata is my boys favorite! The best thing about this strata is that you put it together the night before, and then pop it in your oven in the morning and Voila! You have a cheesy, hearty breakfast fit for a king! Literally on Easter this would be fit for the King of Kings!
What you will need for:

Sausage Breakfast Strata
1 pound Breakfast Sausage
12 eggs
2 cups milk
1 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon pepper
3 cups shredded Cheddar Cheese
12 slices of white bread
4 tablespoons of butter, softened

Brown the Breakfast Sausage in a skillet and set aside.

Crack all 12 eggs into a bowl, add milk, salt, and pepper.

Give that a good whisking.

Use the softened butter to butter one side of 6 of the slices of bread, then lay them butter side down into the 9×13 dish.

Sprinkle half of the sausage over first bread layer.

Sprinkle half the cheese…this is a hard one people I know, sprinkling takes a skilled hand, but the more you sprinkle the easier it gets. I assure you.

Place the last six slices of bread on top of the sausage and cheese layer. I used Texas toast, regular white bread slices work just as good. If you do use the Texas cut, press it down. Give it a little squish. Then repeat with the sausage and cheese sprinkling, use all the cheese and sausage up.

Now you can return to the whisked eggs. Pour eggs evenly over the Strata…did you know strata means layers? Yes-sir-ee. Strata…”Struhtah“. If you say it like that it sounds real fancy.

Let the eggs, bubble down through the layers.

Now tightly cover with plastic wrap place it in your refrigerator over night.
When you are ready to bake it, you will need 1 hour, so leave yourself time. Remove from fridge, remove plastic wrap (I figure you know these simple steps, but I have had people ask, so I am just giving it to you step by step, taking nothing for granted here Folks.) preheat oven to 350 degrees, when up to heat place Strata in and bake for 45 minutes to 1 hour. My experience has been closer to the 1 hour mark, especially if you use the thicker bread.

Easy! Simple! Hearty! Hey maybe you can pull this one out on Fathers Day if you don’t use it this Sunday.

I’ve found are some great Easter Treats and Ideas, I thought I’d share with you. Go check these creative and talented ladies out, they have no idea I am sending you their way, so take a minute and say Howdy, leave them some love in their comments……but please come back to the slacker blog.
The Italian Dish ~ Easter Bread beware it’s gorgeous!
Quit Eating Out ~ Easter treats with meaning for your kiddos!
The Reluctant Entertainer, Sandy has all sorts of good Eastery stuff on her site.
Kitchen Belleicious ~ OK these look amazing!
Red Letter Words ~ Many beautiful things here to inspire.
Ezra Pound Cake ~ Cute, easy chocolate goodies.
a Holy experience ~ Ann Voskamp has beautiful poetry, insights, and a recipe for lamb.

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  1. so great to run into you and the kids (all grown up!) last week . I was excited to try a "new recipe" this week, although it looks like one I've used for years on Christmas morning. Tried and True! But it gave me a good excuse to look over your blog again.l I love it!!! I'll be back …..

  2. In my family we call this breakfast casserole. We had this every year after the Easter service at my grandparents' church. The high school Sunday school classes put on a breakfast for everyone after the early church service. It brings back such WONDERFUL memories. We now have this special breakfast on Christmas morning.

    Happy Easter to you and yours!