Get a jump on a holiday breakfast with this simple, savory strata that can be prepared the night before and baked in the oven when you wake up.
Savory Sausage-Apple Strata
Start to finish: 9 1/2 hours (20 minutes active)
6 eggs, beaten
2 cups milk
1/4 teaspoon nutmeg
8-ounce loaf Italian peasant bread, cut in 1-inch thick slices
3 cups fully cooked, finely chopped spicy Italian sausage
3 crisp, sweet apples, cored and sliced into very thin rounds
2 1/2 cups grated Grana Padano cheese
Lightly butter a 9-by-9-inch baking dish.
In a medium bowl, beat together the eggs, milk and nutmeg. Soak each slice of bread in the custard until fully saturated. Arrange a third of the slices in the prepared baking dish.
Top the bread with half of the sausage, half of the apples, and 1 cup of the cheese. Layer another third of the bread over the fillings, then top with the remaining sausage, apples and 1 cup cheese. Top with remaining bread.
Pour any remaining custard over the top. Sprinkle with the remaining 1/2 cup of cheese. Cover tightly and refrigerate overnight.
When ready to cook, preheat the oven to 325 degrees. Bake uncovered for 1 to 1 1/2 hours, or until a knife inserted in the center comes out clean.
Makes 6 to 8 servings.
Recipe adapted from Better Homes and Gardens' "New Cookbook."