Croissant Breakfast Strata with Tomatoes and Sausage
- Prep Time: 45
- Cooking Time: 90
- Serves 6
2 Italian sausage links (uncooked), mild or spicy
1 (10 ounce) package Backyard Farms Cocktail Tomatoes, halved
1 tablespoon extra-virgin olive oil
4 cups torn croissants
1 1/2 cups shredded Swiss cheese
2 cups whole milk
2 tablespoons minced chives
2 tablespoons minced thyme leaves
2 tablespoons minced oregano leaves
1 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon black pepper
1-2 dashes hot sauce
This decadent breakfast strata from Chef Network Partner Liz Harris of Floating Kitchen uses croissants as the base. Filled with eggs, tomatoes, Italian sausage, herbs and cheese, it’s perfect for a special occasion, like Easter or Mother’s Day. And you can easily scale it up to feed a crowd!
Pre-heat your oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit.
Add the sausage links to a baking pan and cook in your pre-heated oven for 10 minutes. Remove the baking pan from your oven and add the tomatoes, drizzling them with the olive oil. Return the baking pan to your oven and cook the sausages and tomatoes for an additional 20 minutes. Then remove the baking pan and set it aside. Once the sausage links have cooled completely, slice them into rounds.
Spray a 6-cup baking dish with non-stick cooking spray. Add the torn croissants, cheese and cooked sausage and tomatoes, tossing gently to evenly distribute the ingredients. Don’t push down/pack them in tightly. Set aside.
In a large bowl, whisk together the eggs, milk, herbs, salt, black pepper and hot sauce. Slowly pour this mixture over top of the bread mixture, pausing occasionally to let it sink in between the dry ingredients (this will prevent the liquid from overflowing). Cover with aluminum foil and let it sit at room temperature for 30 minutes.
Bake the strata, covered, for 20 minutes in your 350 degree Fahrenheit oven. Then carefully remove the aluminum foil and continue baking the strata for 25-35 more minutes (the time will depend on the depth of your baking dish), or until the center is set and does not wobble when the baking dish is shaken.
Remove the strata from the oven and set it aside to rest for 10 minutes before serving.