Sausage strata makes any holiday brunch truly something special. Load it up with your favorite vegetables, like broccoli!
As holidays approach, I always begin thinking about the meals ahead. I love as everyone gathers for the hearty family dinner. A long table filled with holiday delights as everyone chatters away about life and the day’s events. A holiday family dinner seems to have such a buzz about it in our household. Perhaps it’s because our holiday meals host as many as 50 people. As much as I love that experience, brunches are still my favorite.
For me, brunch has a different energy. Brunch is less of a buzz and more like a lazy stretch while still lying in bed, then shuffling down to eat a slow, cozy meal. Slow paced, yet none-the-less spectacular. I enjoy giving my brunch guests a lot of options like a fresh fruit salad, apple strudel or a sweet bread. My family always requests my cinnamon pear twist bread.
Among the fresh fruit and sweet breads I always make sure there is also something hearty and savory that will really fill everyone up. But I also want to enjoy brunch and not be in the kitchen the whole time.
A strata can be put together the day before then just pop it in the oven to bake before you’re ready to serve it. This is one of the many reasons that sausage strata is the perfect choice when making your holiday brunch menu.
If you aren’t familiar, a strata is like a bread pudding of sorts, filled with any number of tantalizing goodies. That’s what makes this sausage strata perfect for a holiday brunch. Filled with warm, melted cheese, flavorful sausage and tender broccoli florets, this is a meal that will have your guests going back for seconds.
A strata can also be made sweet too by using fruit, cheeses, and with the use of cinnamon swirl bread, this pear and gruyere strata was elevated to something truly special. I made this sausage strata using Italian bread, and this French bread recipe would work perfectly too.
Sweet or savory, stratas are easy to prepare, great for feeding a crowd and will free you up to enjoy your meal in a leisurely fashion. That’s entertaining at its finest.