YUM!! I have been looking for this recipe after a similar strata was served at my bridal shower brunch. This recipe is delightful and how nice to just wake up in the morning, pull the prepared strata out of the fridge, then pop in oven. I only used 1 1/2 lbs sausage and it still was very meaty. I also added french fried onions in the first layer just because I wanted to use up a bag I had and it was a tasty addition. Otherwise, followed to the letter, baked 50 minutes and it was fantastic. I made it for a mothers day brunch and everyone just gobbled it up.
My family has been making this recipe for nearly 20 years at holidays after first seeing it in Country Living ... It's amazing! Also works well with veggie sausage crumbles and/or turkey sausage; we serve with salsa, crescent rolls & fruit salad. Tip: place a baking sheet under the casserole to catch overflow drips.
I took this to brunch at our church and it was gone in a flash. Everyone loved it. When I make it again I'll add 1 Tablespoon of shallot.