Croissant and sausage stratta

Easy and elegant breakfast for a crowd.

ALICIA ROSS/Courtesy

Memorial Day weekend is upon us, and if you are like me, you have a crowd coming to celebrate. I love to feed large gatherings, but breakfast always seems hit or miss. In my family now we have babies who wake their parents at dawn; older adults who sleep in after years of being the ones who rose early; and just about every possible scenario in between.

My solution for uniting everyone for breakfast is a make-ahead breakfast casserole, also called strata. We may not all eat at the same time, but we can enjoy the same breakfast treat. Today’s recipe is rich and hearty with butter croissants as the base and loaded with link sausage and yummy havarti cheese. It’s as wonderful straight out of the oven as it is heated up hours later. No matter what time the first folks are up, all they have to do is preheat the oven and bake the strata for 45 minutes.

Serve the Croissant and Sausage Strata with fresh fruit and hot, steaming coffee. If nothing else, the amazing aroma will beckon the rest of your crowd to the kitchen. Enjoy!

Alicia Ross

is the co-author of “Desperation Dinners!” (Workman, 1997), “Desperation Entertaining!” (Workman, 2002) and “Cheap. Fast. Good!” (Workman, 2006.)

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