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Sausage Apple Breakfast Strata

This strata is simple to make, full of flavor and nutritious, from The Nutritionist Reviews. Make ahead and eat during the week or serve to a crowd on the weekends!

For the weekend or to make ahead for during the week, I love a hearty breakfast casserole. This one is loaded with flavor! The sautéed onions, apples and kale are so delicious that they could be their own side dish. Packing a breakfast dish full of eggs, whole-grain toast and milk provides protein to keep you full through the morning.

After this strata came out of the oven, I realized that it was a lot like a homemade stuffing, just for breakfast with the addition of the eggs. You can feel free to use whatever kind of sausage you want for this strata. I used precooked turkey sausage and chopped it up into pieces.

The key to the sweet with the savory flavors is the addition of a huge Michigan apple right from my Dad's farm. I chose a golden delicious for this recipe for the sweet flavor and because they get nice and soft which is perfect for this dish. Michigan apples are available at stores most of the year which is so awesome to be able to support my own state. You can eat this breakfast casserole as is or top with either something savory like ketchup or sweet such as a drizzle of maple syrup.


Sausage Apple Breakfast Strata

Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 45 minutes
Servings: 6

•    1 tablespoon olive oil
•    1 medium red onion, minced
•    1 large Michigan apple, diced
•    3 cups kale, chopped finely
•    1 cup cooked sausage, diced
•    6 eggs
•    2 1/4 cups milk
•    1 teaspoon black pepper
•    12 slices whole-grain bread, cut into 1-inch cubes
•    1 cup shredded sharp cheddar cheese

1. Heat a frying pan with olive oil. Add in red onion and apple and cook for about 5 minutes. Add in kale and cook for about 2 more minutes.
2. Heat oven to 350 degrees and spray a 9 x 13 inch baking dish with cooking spray.
3. Whisk together the eggs, black pepper and milk. Mix together egg mixture, bread, sausage and sautéed apples/onion/kale. Pour mixture into baking dish.
4. Top with shredded cheddar and bake for about 45 minutes until eggs are cooked through and cheese is melted.

Amanda Hernandez is a registered dietitian and recipe developer. She grew up on a farm filled with apple trees and apples are one of her favorite foods! She is the author of The Nutritionist Reviews, a healthy recipe, nutrition, fitness and parenting blog. Follow her on FacebookTwitterPinterestGoogle+ and Instagram.