This is a one-dish wonder, great for brunch or dinner!

A strata is similar to bread pudding or baked french toast casserole but with hearty (and savory) ingredients that are easy to mix and match based on what’s in your fridge!

This savory dish is best made ahead (or even left overnight) making it the perfect make-ahead meal or even breakfast-for-dinner!

baked breakfast strata in a dish

Strata vs. Frittata

A strata is a bread casserole often served for breakfast. A frittata is more of an egg dish, slightly more similar in texture to similar to an omelet (but often with potatoes or even pasta in it).

Stratas are primarily made with cubes or layers of bread, meat and/or vegetables & cheese.  An egg/milk mixture is poured over top and soaks into the bread (a bit like french toast or bread pudding).

It is often served as a version of breakfast casserole and we love how versatile it is. Use up your leftover meats, veggies, and cheese to create a new strata every time.

ingredients for a breakfast strata


This is a great way to use up stale or crusty bread! Sourdough, rye, focaccia, whole wheat, the list goes on. Save your bread by keeping it in the freezer and when you have enough, whip up a strata!

I love bold cheese for lots of flavor. In this recipe, I used sharp cheddar cheese but any sharp cheese will lend loads of flavor to this dish.

A custard mixture of eggs, cream, and seasonings are combined and poured over the bread. I used dried mustard but you can add a pinch of Dijon mustard if it’s what you have on hand. This will soak into the bread and bake into a delicious strata.

I added crumbled breakfast sausage that’s been sautéed with red and green bell peppers, but bacon or ham would taste great too!

Other great combinations:

  • Bacon, mushroom, spinach, tomatoes, mozzarella, parmesan.
  • Gouda, ham, cranberries, chopped kale.
  • Asparagus, fontina or goat’s cheese, chives, pinch of nutmeg.

soaking bread in a bowl for strata

How to Make a Strata

A breakfast strata casserole is easy to layer up and serve in just a few easy steps. We love to serve strata on Christmas morning since all of the prep is done ahead of time and the next day you simple bake and enjoy!

  1. Cook sausage in a large skillet (per recipe below).
  2. Whisk eggs, milk, and seasonings. Toss with bread cubes and allow the mixture to absorb.
  3. Place in a casserole dish and add the sausage, bell peppers and cheese.
  4. Refrigerate 30 minutes or up to 24 hours before baking.

It’s important to allow the mixture to rest so the bread fully soaks up the mixture.

breakfast strata in a dish before baking

Best Breakfast Casseroles

Did you love this Sausage Cheddar Breakfast Strata? Be sure to leave a comment and a rating below! 

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Sausage Cheddar Breakfast Strata

Loaded with cheese, sausage, and peppers, Strata is the perfect breakfast casserole for a crowd!
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 1 hour
Chill Time 30 minutes
Total Time 1 hour 40 minutes
Servings 6 people


  • ½ pound sausage crumbled
  • ½ cup red or green peppers diced
  • 6 cups bread cubes slightly dried
  • 2 cups cheddar cheese shredded, divided

Egg Mixture

  • 4 eggs
  • 1 ½ cups milk
  • ½ cup light cream or half and half
  • ½ teaspoon dry mustard powder
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • ¼ teaspoon pepper
  • ¼ teaspoon onion powder


  • Preheat oven to 350°F.
  • Cook sausage over medium heat until no pink remains, drain the fat and return the sausage to the pan. Add the peppers and cook until partially tender. Set aside to cool.
  • Whisk the egg mixture in a bowl. Add bread, peppers, sausage, and half of the cheese. Toss to combine. Let sit for 5 minutes and toss again until the liquid is absorbed.
  • Add the mixture to a greased 2 qt baking dish. Refrigerate at least 30 minutes or up to 24 hours.
  • Cover and bake for 30 minutes. Uncover, top with remaining cheese and bake an additional 15-20 minutes or until set in the middle.
  • Rest 10 minutes before cutting.
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Nutrition Information

Serving: 1piece | Calories: 442 | Carbohydrates: 18g | Protein: 24g | Fat: 30g | Saturated Fat: 15g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 190mg | Sodium: 885mg | Potassium: 344mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 5g | Vitamin A: 828IU | Vitamin C: 10mg | Calcium: 413mg | Iron: 2mg

Nutrition information provided is an estimate and will vary based on cooking methods and brands of ingredients used.

Course Breakfast, Casserole
Cuisine American

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