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Breakfast Strata

Perfect sweet and savory combination!
Prep Time25 mins
Cook Time50 mins
Total Time1 hr 15 mins
Course: Breakfast
Cuisine: American
Keyword: breakfast, strata
Servings: 8 servings


  • 6 oz good multigrain bread cut into 1" cubes
  • 1 Tbsp olive oil
  • 12 oz chicken sausage
  • 1 1/2 C monterey jack cheese
  • 1 large sweet potato
  • 2 C milk or milk substitute
  • 5 eggs
  • 1/2 tsp cinnamon
  • 1/4 tsp nutmeg
  • 1/4 tsp pepper


  • Poke the sweet potato all over with a fork and put in the microwave on a paper towel on HIGH for 8 minutes or until completely cooked through. Let rest for 5 minutes. Peel the outside and dice into 1/2" cubes. Set aside.
  • Preheat the oven to 350°F. Dice the bread into 1" cubes. Place on a baking sheet and bake for 20 minutes, stirring once. Remove and set aside. 
  • Add olive oil to skillet over medium heat. Add chicken sausage and stir and crumble until fully cooked. Set aside. 
  • In a medium sized bowl, combine milk and following 4 ingredients. Mix well. Set aside.
  • In a large bowl, combine bread, sweet potato, half the sausage and half the cheese. Pour milk and egg mixture over bread mixture and let sit for 20 minutes. 
  • Spoon the soaked bread mixture into an 8x8 pan sprayed with non-stick cooking spray. 
  • Top with the remaining sausage and cheese. 
  • Cover with foil sprayed with cooking spray to keep it from sticking to the top. 
  • (OPTIONAL MAKE-AHEAD) If making the night before, place in the refrigerator at this point. 
  • Bake at 350° for 30 minutes. Remove foil and bake for an additional 20 minutes or until fully cooked. 
  • Slice and serve with syrup drizzled on top! 


Perfect for mornings with company or a special brunch dish to share! You can double the recipe and put in a 9x13 dish as well. Just be sure to add a little baking time so the center is fully cooked.
This recipe was adapted by a recipe from Cooking Light December 2016.