Overnight Egg and Breakfast Sausage Strata

Overnight Egg and Breakfast Sausage Strata

Strata, casserole, breakfast pudding—no matter what you call it, this Overnight Egg and Breakfast Sausage Strata is about to revolutionize the way you brunch.

Just imagine waking up, popping this prepared dish from the fridge into the oven and then kicking back with a cup of coffee. And by “cup of coffee,” I mean “Espresso Chocolate Chip Brownie Cookie.” All that’s left to do is count down the minutes while layers of crusty bread soaked in eggy custard melt together with shredded cheddar, tender asparagus and breakfast sausage crumbles.

Looking to spice up your morning? Swap in chorizo for breakfast sausage to add a smoky kick to every cheesy bite.

Overnight Egg and Breakfast Sausage Strata

Overnight Egg and Breakfast Sausage Strata

Overnight Egg and Breakfast Sausage Strata

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Overnight Egg and Breakfast Sausage Strata

Yield: 6-8 servings

Prep Time: 10 hours (includes overnight)

Cook Time: 45 min


1 pound bulk ground breakfast sausage (See Kelly's Notes)
1 Tablespoon unsalted butter, plus more for greasing pan
1 cup diced onion
8 large eggs
2 1/2 cups whole or non-fat milk
2 teaspoons Dijon mustard
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon black pepper
1 cup shredded cheddar cheese
10 asparagus spears, ends discarded and spears cut into 1-inch pieces
1/2 pound white, whole wheat or French bread, cut into 1-inch cubes (about 7 cups)


Grease a 13-by-9-inch baking dish with unsalted butter. Set aside.

In a large nonstick pan set over medium heat, cook the breakfast sausage, breaking it apart into crumbles. Remove it to a paper towel-lined plate and drain any drippings from the pan.

Add 1 tablespoon of unsalted butter to the pan. Once the butter has melted, add the diced onion and cook, stirring occasionally, until it's soft and translucent, 3 to 5 minutes.

Transfer the onion to a medium bowl then stir in the cooked sausage.

In a large bowl, whisk together the eggs, milk, Dijon mustard, salt and pepper. Stir in the cheese and asparagus.

Scatter the bread cubes evenly in the greased baking dish, then top the bread with the sausage mixture and asparagus. Pour the egg mixture over the layers of bread and sausage. Cover the dish securely with plastic wrap and refrigerate it overnight, or for about 8 hours.

Remove the strata from the fridge, discard the plastic wrap, and let it rest at room temperature for 30 minutes.

Preheat the oven to 350ºF. Place the strata on a baking sheet and bake it, uncovered, for 35 to 45 minutes, until the eggs are fully cooked. Let the strata rest for 5 minutes before slicing and serving.

Kelly's Notes:

Opt for any variety of breakfast sausage, such as chicken sausage, or kick up the heat with chorizo.

Feel free to add any other veggies you'd normally include in scrambled eggs or an omelet.

Recipe by Kelly Senyei of JustaTaste.com.


  1. says

    This looks like a wonderful breakfast casserole um I mean strata :) everything on your blog look so delicious and eye catching so nice to visit your site.

  2. says

    I haven’t had strata in ages. This looks awesome. I like to add jalapenos in mine, for that extra kick.I love chorizo, but I actually got sick of it once because we had a shitload of it at work (for family meal), and we had to keep on using it every night for a week. But I haven’t had it for a while, so I miss it. Sounds good right about now. Your blog always makes me hungry.

  3. says

    I’ve recently started throwing the sausages, bacon and pudding into the oven on a Sunday – all ready in 20 minutes, no smell, no standing over a hot stove, no fuss and I love it. Now… this is even better – I’m loving the strata idea for breakfast and I’m gonna try this with veggie sausages (for me) this Sunday. Thanks Kelly :)

  4. says

    I am SO not a morning person, but I LOVE breakfast foods. So overnight casseroles are right up my alley! This one looks delicious…especially with the addition of asparagus. Perfect for spring!

  5. says

    What a great idea! Breakfast is so hard to time because everything takes a different amount of time to cook. So, you are either having people eat in rotation as each pancake or waffle is completed, or you are eating together food that has been sitting out. This recipe reduces the timing stress immensely!

    • Kelly Senyei replied: — April 11th, 2013 @ 2:18 pm

      I couldn’t agree more, Dawn! This strata makes entertaining super easy and guarantees that everyone’s digging in at the same time. Enjoy!

  6. says

    This looks perfect for when my family comes up! Btw I bought your dummies book and you are the reason I finaly launched my blog. You said something in an interview that got me moving. Something about, don’t wait until everything is perfect, to start your blog… just do it.

  7. says

    I’ve always loved a good strata, and I prefer savory over sweet for breakfast. These flavors go well with lots of different vegetables so you can throw in whatever’s in season.

  8. Frances says

    This is a fantastic recipe! So many times these casseroles are super heavy and greasy – this is delicious and the asparagus look beautiful on top. Made this for Mother’s Day today and it was a huge hit. The best breakfast casserole we have made…Thanks for the recipe!

    • Kelly Senyei replied: — May 10th, 2015 @ 8:14 pm

      Awesome! So glad you enjoyed the recipe!


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