Sausage and Cheese Strata with Sun-dried Tomatoes

This is a great "morning after" company dish: it's delicious and you do almost all of it the day before.

Servings: 8

4 Ounces Pancetta, chopped coarse
1 Pound Chicken Italian Sausages, casing removed
2 Chipotle Peppers, chopped
3 1/2 Cups Whole Milk
8 Extra Large Eggs
4 Teaspoons Minced Fresh Thyme
3 Teaspoons Kosher Salt
1/2 Teaspoon Freshly Ground Black Pepper
3/4 Cup Sun-dried Tomatoes, cut into bits
1 Pound Bread:  Challah, cut into 1" cubes
1/2 Cup Chopped Onions
1/4 Cup Chives, minced, plus additional for garnish
1 Fresh Pasilla Chili, cut into rings
3/4 Cup Grated Parmesan Cheese
4 Ounces Mozzarella Cheese, grated
1/4 Cup Goat Cheese, crumbled


  • Sauté pancetta in medium non-stick skillet over low medium heat until lightly browned and rendered (but not crisp). 
  • Mix together chipotle chilies and sausages and sauté in same skillet with pancetta until cooked through, breaking up with back of spoon, about 5 minutes. Using slotted spoon, transfer sausage and pancetta to paper towels and drain well.
  • Butter 13x9x2-inch glass baking dish.
  • Whisk milk, eggs, thyme, salt and pepper in large bowl to blend.
  • Add sun-dried tomatoes, pancetta, sausage, bread, onion, chili slices, chives and Parmesan cheese and stir to blend.
  • Transfer to prepared dish. Cover (with a Viancin Banana Leaf Silicone Lid) and refrigerate at least 4 hours or overnight.
  • Preheat oven to 375°F.
  • Bake strata uncovered until puffed and golden brown, about 45 minutes. Sprinkle with mozzarella and goat cheese and bake until mozzarella melts, about 5 minutes. Transfer pan to rack and cool 5 minutes.  Sprinkle with chopped fresh chives.
  • Serve and enjoy!
Per Serving: 521 Calories; 26g Fat (44.2% calories from fat); 31g Protein; 41g Carbohydrate; 1g Dietary Fiber; 386mg Cholesterol; 1766mg Sodium. Exchanges: 2 Grain(Starch); 3 Lean Meat; 1/2 Vegetable; 1/2 Non-Fat Milk; 3 Fat; 1/2 Other Carbohydrates.
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