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Italian Breakfast Strata

½ cup sun-dried tomatoes drained and chopped

¾ lb sweet Italian sausage, casings removed

1 each green and red bell pepper, cored, seeded and diced

1 loaf Italian bread (14 ounces) cut into 1-inch cubes

8 large eggs

1 cup milk

½ cup packed basil leaves, chopped

2 cups shredded mozzarella


Crumble sausage into a large skillet.  Cook over medium to medium-high heat for 6 minutes.  Add peppers and cook, stirring occasionally, 4 minutes.  Remove from heat.  Drain sun-dried tomatoes and chop.  Stir into sausage mixture in skillet.


Place bread cubes in a very large bowl.  In a medium bowl, whisk eggs, milk and chopped basil.  Stir sausage mixture into bread along with 1 cup of the cheese.  Pour egg mixture over bread mixture and stir to moisten all ingredients.  Coat a 13 x 9 x 2-inch baking dish with nonstick cooking spray.  Pour bread mixture into prepared dish. 


Bake in Dutch Oven covered at 350 degrees with top coals.  Sprinkle remaining 1 cup of cheese.  Bake, covered, at 350 for 45 minutes.  Cool slightly before serving.  Sprinkle remaining cheese and cook until cheese melts.