Christmas Morning

Welcome back! I hope Santa was good to you this Christmas and you find yourself able to start recovering from all the hustle and bustle of the busy holiday season. I had a great Christmas day that started with a delicious breakfast made by my mom. It is tradition in our house to have a family breakfast on Christmas morning after opening gifts. My mom had made this dish before, and it came out just as delicious as we had all remembered!

Sausage, Fontina and Bell Pepper Strata

Ingredients
6
large eggs
2 1/2 c. whole milk
2 c. sliced green onions
1/2 c. whipping cream
1/2 c. finely grated Romano cheese
2 Tbsp. chopped Oregano
1/2 Tsp. salt
1 lb. hot Italian sausage, casings removed
1 large red bell pepper. cut into strips
1 1 lb. loaf French bread, cut into 1/2 in. thick slices
2 c. Fontina cheese
Directions
1.) Preheat oven to 350°F. Butter 13x9x2- inch ceramic or glass baking dish. Whisk first 7 ingredients in large bowl; sprinkle generously with pepper. Set aside.
2.) Place sausage in large nonstick skillet; push to 1 side. Add bell pepper to other side of skillet. Sauteacute; over high heat, breaking up sausage with fork, until sausage is cooked through and bell peppers are brown in spots, about 7 minutes.

3.) Arrange half of bread slices in prepared dish. Pour half of egg mixture over. Sprinkle with half of cheese, then half of sausagepepper mixture. Repeat layering. Let stand 20 minutes, occasionally pressing on bread to submerge. Bake strata until puffed and brown, about 1 hour. Cool slightly.
Served with a side of strawberries, raspberries and bananas! The perfect start to a great day!


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