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Elegant Holiday Strata

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Ingredients

  • 8 cups French bread, cut into 1" cubes
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 10 oz. breakfast sausage links
  • 16 eggs
  • 4 cups milk
  • 1 bunch green onions (light green portion), finely chopped
  • 4 roasted red bell peppers, peeled, seeded, thinly sliced
  • 1 lb. asparagus, ends trimmed, stalks cut into 1" pieces (cooked)
  • Salt, freshly ground pepper
  • 4 cups grated Fontina cheese

Directions

  1. Butter a large 6-qt. baking dish. Place bread cubes in a large bowl. In a saute' pan over medium heat, warm olive oil, add sausage and cook, turning occasionally, until browned on both sides (3-5 mins.). Drain on paper towels.

  2. Cut sausage into thin slices; add to bread slices. Whisk together eggs and milk in a blender. Pour egg mixture over bread and sausage. Add remaining ingredients, reserving 1 cup of cheese, and stir until well blended.

  3. Transfer to prepared baking dish, cover with plastic wrap, and refrigerate at least 4 hours or overnight. Preheat oven to 350 degrees (F). Sprinkle top of strata with 1 cup cheese. Bake until golden brown and cooked through, about 1 hour. Let stand 10 minutes before serving.

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