4.75 from 12 votes
Sausage and Gouda Breakfast Strata
Overnight Breakfast Strata with Sausage and Gouda
Prep Time
30 mins
Cook Time
1 hr
Total Time
1 hr 30 mins

A make-ahead breakfast egg strata loaded with sausage, Gouda cheese and fresh herbs. 

Course: Breakfast
Cuisine: American
Servings: 12 Servings
Author: Kelly Anthony
  • 1 tbsp Canola Oil
  • Yellow Onion diced
  • 1 lb Breakfast Pork Sausage
  • 1 lb Loaf of Day Old Bakery Bread such as a Rustic French Loaf or Sourdough*
  • 10 Eggs
  • 3 c Half and Half
  • 1/2 tsp Black Pepper
  • Generous Pinch of Kosher Salt
  • 2 c Freshly Grated Gouda Cheese
  • 2 tbsp Freshly Minced Parsley
  1. Have ready a greased 9x13" casserole dish. Add the oil to a large saute pan over medium-high heat. Add the onion and saute 5 minutes. Add sausage and break apart with a wooden spoon. Saute for an additional 7-10 minutes. Remove from the heat and set aside to cool. Remove the crust from the bread and cut, or tear, into 1" cubes. Set aside until ready to use.
  2. For the custard, whisk together the eggs, half and half, pepper and salt, making sure all of the ingredients are evenly combined and no eggs remain intact. Line the casserole dish with about 2/3's of the bread cubes, forming a single, even layer. Scatter the sausage and onion mixture evenly across the layer of bread cubes. Sprinkle with half of the cheese and all of the parsley. Pour the custard evenly over the casserole and top with the remaining bread cubes.
  3. Press down gently until the custard runs up and over the bread cubes. Cover with plastic wrap and refrigerate for at least four hours, but preferably overnight. Set out the casserole for at least one hour before baking, allowing it to come as close to room temperature as possible. Preheat the oven to 325°.
  4. Top with remaining cheese, bake, uncovered, for 1 hour or until a toothpick inserted into the center of the casserole comes out clean. Allow to cool slightly, serve and enjoy.

Recipe Notes

NOTE: The strata is best when the bread is able to soak up the custard! When planning to make your strata, allow at least THREE HOURS of "soak time" in the refrigerator, but overnight is preferable.