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Italian sausage and mozzarella strata

8
6
6
SmartPoints® value per serving
Total Time
3 hr 15 min
Prep
15 min
Cook
3 hr
Serves
6
Difficulty
Easy
A strata is really just a savory bread pudding. This one is made by layering sweet Italian sausage, eggs, shredded mozzarella, and peppers with whole-wheat bread.

Ingredients

Uncooked sweet Italian turkey sausage

8 oz, (1/2 pound), casings removed

Raw Cubanelle pepper

2 medium, (Italian frying peppers), diced

Uncooked onion(s)

1 medium, chopped

Ground oregano

1½ tsp(s)

Reduced-calorie whole wheat bread

5 slice(s), day old, cubed (5 cups)

Shredded part-skim mozzarella cheese

1 cup(s)

Grated Parmesan cheese

cup(s)

Low-fat milk

2½ cup(s), (1%)

Egg(s)

6 large

Kosher salt

¾ tsp(s)

Black pepper

¼ tsp(s)

Instructions

  1. Spray a large skillet with nonstick spray and set over medium heat. Add sausages, frying peppers, and onion and cook, breaking up sausages with a wooden spoon, until no longer pink, about 6 minutes. Stir in dried oregano.
  2. Line a 5- or 6-qt slow cooker insert with plastic liner. Spray liner with nonstick spray.
  3. Layer half of bread cubes, half of sausage mixture, 1/2 cup mozzarella, and 3 tbsp Parmesan in prepared slow cooker. Repeat layering with remaining bread, sausage mixture, mozzarella, and Parmesan.
  4. In a large bowl, whisk together milk, eggs, salt, and black pepper; pour over bread-sausage mixture. Cover and cook until knife inserted into center of strata comes out clean, 3 to 4 hours on Low.
  5. Wearing oven mitts, lift out slow cooker insert and transfer to wire rack; let strata cool about 10 minutes. Using liner as handles, lift out strata and place on a cutting board. Cut into 6 wedges. Sprinkle with oregano leaves, if using.
  6. Per serving: 1 wedge