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Spinach, Cheese, Artichoke, and Chicken Sausage Strata or Casserole Recipe for Breakfast

Updated on September 29, 2010

Delicious Strata Recipe

This is a great recipe to make the night before a brunch.  You can double the recipe and it will serve a large group.  Bon Appetit! 

Spinach, Cheese, Artichoke, and Chicken Apple Sausage Strata

Serves 6-8.  Preheat oven to 350 degrees.

  • 4 Adele chicken apple sausages
  • 20 oz. package fresh baby spinach
  • 1 1/2 cups finely chopped onion (1 large)
  • 2 cans of artichoke hearts, chopped
  • 3 tablespoons unsalted butter
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon black pepper
  • 1/4 teaspoon nutmeg
  • 8 cups cubed (1 inch) French or Italian bread (1/2 lb)
  • 6 oz coarsely grated Gruyère - if you can't find Gruyère, sharp Cheddar will work (2 cups)
  • 2 oz finely grated Parmigiano-Reggiano (1 cup)
  • 2 3/4 cups milk
  • 9 large eggs
  • 2 tablespoons Dijon mustard 2 cloves of garlic, minced

Finely chop spinach and onion. Cube artichoke hearts and chicken apple sausage.

Cook onion in butter over medium heat in a large pot or skillet. Stir until onion is soft and browning - 5 minutes. Add chicken apple sausage, garlic and artichoke hearts stirring for a few minutes. Add 1/2 teaspoon salt, 1/4 teaspoon pepper, and nutmeg - cook and stir for 1-2 minutes. Stir in diced spinach and remove from heat.

Lay bread cubes in the bottom of a 3 quart shallow baking dish. (If you have a deeper dish, the cooking time will probably increase.) Top bread with one third of spinach mixture. Evenly spread one third of each cheese. Repeat layering two more times. The cheese should be on the top.

Whisk milk, eggs, mustard and remaining salt and pepper. Pour evenly over the top of the stata. Cover with plastic wrap and chill for at least 8 hours. (Strata can be made 1 day in advance.) Before putting in oven, let strata stand at room temp. for 30 minutes.

Bake strata in middle of oven at 350 degrees for 45 to 55 minutes. Leave strata uncovered, and remove when it is puffed, golden brown, and cooked through. Let stand 5 minutes before serving.

Enjoy!

Adapted from Gourmet Magazine in February 2003

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        vespawoolf 5 years ago from Peru, South America

        I'm always looking for a new breakfast recipe and this sounds delish! Will definitely give it a try next time we're in the States, and may modify it for here in S. America. Voted up!

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        Dr irum 6 years ago

        Wow it sounds delicious .

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        Laurel Rogers 7 years ago from Bishop, Ca

        You manage this recipe with 3 kids? My hat is off to you! This recipe has been bookmarked-you please everyone in my family with sausage-for the hubby-and artichokes-for me!

        Thanks so much!

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        immab 7 years ago from Long Island, NY!

        Looks delicious and decently healthy! Do you know the calorie-content?

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        Kelly Kline Burnett 7 years ago from Madison, Wisconsin

        Have printed and will try this week! Awesome!

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        snow2010 7 years ago from New York

        wondful hub, delicious:)

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        ericabrobertson19 8 years ago

        just what i was looking for!! thank you !

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        Rebecca Graf 8 years ago from Wisconsin

        This sounds delicious!!!!!

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        nadeea 8 years ago

        Yummy Hub! Sounds delicious ^^

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        nadeea 8 years ago

        i got twice clicked comment, :D

        I'll ask my mom to try this recipe

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        jimnicer 8 years ago from Philippines

        You're truly a mother, your recipe tells you. Its yummy I think. Nice sharing this one. thumbs up!

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        Susan Reid 8 years ago from Where Left is Right, CA

        Just in time -- I have a brunch coming up next week. I volunteered to bring quiche, but this sounds way yummier! MM

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        Peggy Woods 8 years ago from Houston, Texas

        This sounds like a wonderful recipe! Going to save this and try it soon. Thanks for sharing.

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        gredmondson 8 years ago from San Francisco, California

        Robin, what size pan are you supposed to use?  it sounds good!

        Oh, I see that it is a 3 quart size dish!

        What size can of artichoke hearts?

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        jamestedmondson 8 years ago from San Francisco

        The HubPages Challenge is especially challenging for mothers of three. Kudos on the sheer audacity of your goal!