Sausage and Apple Breakfast Strata

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This delicious egg and bread base is full of savory and sweet flavors and satisfying texture — the perfect breakfast or brunch with family, friends, the holidays, or all of the above. Making this delicious dish has become a tradition in our house when we have guests who want to get together for a fun breakfast. Make this breakfast of champions and kick cold cereal out of the formation sphere (see what we did there?).

This rich layer combines the flavors and textures of savory maple sausage, fresh sage, sweet apple, egg, and sharp Parmesan. But it’s not only delicious and sweet, it’s the perfect way to start your day. It’s a great dish to serve to family or friends for a breakfast or brunch gathering, especially around the holidays or holidays. You can also make it the night before so your morning can be spent visiting instead of cooking.

What is breakfast stratification?

A strata is an egg-based breakfast casserole, much like a quiche or frittata, with a bread element. In this recipe, we’re using English muffins as the bread element, but you can also use croissants, bagels, or crusty sourdough.

Can I use dried sage in sausage and apple breakfast sausage?

Yes. Fresh is best, but 2 teaspoons of dried sage can be substituted for fresh in this recipe.

What kind of sausage should I use?

We recommend using ground maple sausage for its amazing flavor, but light Italian or country-style sausage will work just as well. If you can’t find ground sausage that you like, or you just prefer casing sausage, you can adapt this recipe to fit a whole sausage. You’ll want to cook the sausage and then slice it.

What kind of apples should I use?

There are hundreds of varieties of apples, so it can be difficult to know which one to buy. There are many common apples that are great for baking. Green apples like Granny Smith have a great tart flavor and are great for baking. Other yellow and red varieties that are good for baking include Golden Delicious, Honey Crisp, Gala, Braeburn, Jonathan, Fuji, and Pink Lady.

Can I use milk instead of half and half?

Can’t. Plain milk doesn’t have enough fat to mix properly with this dish. If you don’t have or can’t get half and half, you can combine a cup of milk with a cup of heavy cream.