Breakfast Strata

Great for a group - can be assembled the night before.

INGREDIENTS:
6 slices bread, preferably a dense Italian style loaf, sliced 3/4 of an inch thick
1 pound pork sausage (medium or hot), de-skinned, cut into 1/2 inch coins
1 tablespoon Dijon mustard
2 cups shredded cheddar cheese
20 - 24 cherry or grape tomatoes, halved
1 yellow and 1 green bell pepper, in 1/2 inch dice
6 eggs, slightly beaten
2 cups whole milk
1 cup half and half cream
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon pepper
1/4 teaspoon of nutmeg
2 teaspoons Worcestershire sauce
1/2 teaspoon Tabasco or other hot sauce

YIELD: 6 to 8 persons

COURSE: Breakfast and Brunch

CUISINE: Canadian

DIRECTIONS:

  1. Trim crust from bread and fit it into the bottom of a 10 by 16 baking pan. Brown sausage and drain off any excess fat. Stir mustard into sausage. Spoon sausage evenly over bread. Scatter tomatoes and peppers over the bread and sausage. Sprinkle the grated cheese on top. Combine remaining ingredients (eggs, milk, cream, salt, pepper, nutmeg, hot sauce and Worcestershire sauce) and then pour over cheese and sausage.
  2. Bake at 350°F for 35 to 40 minutes.
  3. This can be made the day before and kept in the refrigerator. Allow extra time for baking if it has been refrigerated.